“The day of the 1000 Szekler Girls” Festival of Şumuleu

Every year the village of Şumuleu hosts a remarkable event that celebrates the Székely traditions and customs – “The day of the 1000 Szekler Girls” Festival.

The festival begins with a folk moment involving hundreds of girls and boys dressed in Szekler popular clothes, in Liberty Square of Miercurea Ciuc. After the folk dance, the young people move to the Franciscan Cathedral of Şumuleu Ciuc, to celebrate a religious service at the “Three hills” altar.

After the religious ceremony, the procession moves to the depression between Şumuleul Mic and Şumuleul Mare, where there is a spectacular parade of customs and traditional costumes. At the festival take place different contests, performances of folk dances, archery, games and competitions. One of the races that have become famous in this festival is the horse racing for young men dressed in traditional clothes; the prize for winning this race is a colt.

“The day of the 1000 Szekler Girls” Festival of Şumuleu was held for the first time in 1931 and since then, in the depression between Şumuleul Mic and Şumuleul Mare is held every summer this festival of song, music and folk costumes. Originally, the festival was an opportunity for boys in the area to find a bride, but nowadays the festival is an opportunity to preserve and promote the tradition, cultural values and the identity of local residents.

The festival culminates at night with a dance of the 1000 Szekler Girls near a campfire. Tourists participating in this event can enjoy traditional dishes such as fried chicken or Seckler cake.

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