• Photos, videos and documents related with the local traditional events



    15 JANUARY 2018




    Mihai Eminescu (born Mihail Eminovici) (15 January 1850 – 15 June 1889) was a Romantic poet, novelist, and journalist, generally regarded as the most famous and influential Romanian poet, as well as the first modern poet in Romanian literature, who frequently used metaphysical, mythological and historical subjects in his poems.

    He was an active member of the Junimea literary society and worked as an editor for the newspaper Timpul ("The Time").

    His poetry was first published when he was 16 and he went to Vienna to study when he was 19. The Junimea literary society offered him a scholarship on condition that he  would obtain his PhD in philosophy, but he didn’t go to exams.

    In 1883 he got sick so that he was hospitalized, firstly in a Romanian hospital, then in an institute near Vienna.  He died in strange circumstances in 1889 and his funeral took place in Bucharest, at Bellu cemetery.

    His manuscripts, containing 46 volumes and approximately 14,000 pages, were offered by Titu Maiorescu as a gift to the Romanian Academy during the meeting that was held on 25 January 1902. Notable works include Luceafărul (The Vesper/The Evening Star/The Lucifer/The Daystar), Odă în metru antic (Ode in Ancient Meter), and the five Letters(Epistles/Satires).


    UNION DAY- 24 January 2019






    In February 2019 the Greek pupils attended cultural events of the local carnival traditions and produced a relative video.

    On the Sunday before the Clean Monday men, women and children dress up in uniforms and masks and go out to the streets dancing and singing. Especially in Soho, a village very close to Thessaloniki, the residents wear bells around their waist and as it is believed, the noise of the bells is driving the evil away. The custom comes from ancient times. In many villages on the same day, a traditional wedding is performed, with all the customs that accompany it.

    On 24 February 2019 in Thessaloniki at the 5th European Encoding Festival, bands from every corner of Greece and from many European countries took part  with more than 1,500 people. With impressive uniforms, dyed faces and huge bells, the participants dance and sing to revive the customs of their regions. The teams start from the White Tower and walk to the port of Thessaloniki.

    You can find more information about the festival at the following URL:




    On the 9th of May 2019, the students from `Mihai Eminescu` National College, Petrosani, Romania, celebrated Europe Day. In addition to this, for the Romanians, this day marks Romania’s Independence Day (9 May 1877),and the victory of the United Nations Coalition in World War II (9 May 1945).

    Each class represented a member state of the European Union depending on how they draw lots. The show organized on this day in the schoolyard is a proof of devotion and diversity. Wearing brightly coloured costumes, the students cooked traditional recipes and performed traditional dances in front of the jury.

    At the end of the activity, before announcing the winners of the competition, some members of the `Junii Petrileni` Folk Group, which promotes the local customs and traditions of the local community of the Jiu Valley at the national level, performed some traditional dances and sang traditional songs.

    The activity was promoted both in a local newspaper and by a local TV station:



    Sorana and Mihai, the presenters of the activity

    The jury and the headmaster

    Grade 9 A-  Austria (the winners of the 1st prize)

    Grade 9C-  Spain (the winners of the 2nd prize)

    Grade 10A- Ireland ( the winners of the big prize)

    Grade 11A- France

    Grade 11E- Finland

    `Junii Petrileni` Folk Group and some of the members of the project

    Miruna Cigmaian, member of the `Junii Petrileni`, Folk Group singing a traditional song


    Traditional dances and songs performed by the members of the "Junii Petrileni" Folk Group 

    P10. Activities.“Nedeia Sanzienelor la Straja”

    On Monday, 24 June 2019, 16 students from “Mihai Eminescu” National College together with Mrs Stefania Manea, coordinator of the Erasmus + Project “PRomotion Of Identity, Euopean Culture and Tradition”, ref. no. 2018-1-IT02-KA229-047925_3, participated at “Nedeia Sanzienelor la Straja”(the 48th edition) to see how the local community celebrates “Sanzienele”.

    Straja is a mountain resort (25 km away from Petrosani) that lies at an altitude of 1445 meters and belongs administratively to the town of Lupeni. The resort is a relatively new one, being declared a resort only in 2002. It has 7 ski slopes, 5 of which are equipped with night lighting installations and chairlift facilities. During the winter, it is the main tourist destination. In the summer, in order to attract tourists, the Town Hall and Local Council of Lupeni and the manager of SC Comexim R SRL Lupeni, Mr Parau, the main investor in tourism here, organize different activities, “Nedeia Sanzienelor” being one of them. This year, they managed to attract hundreds of locals and tourists, lovers of the traditional costume and Romanian traditions, whose good mood made the mountain vibrate with joy and pleasure.

    On this occasion, some of the students wore the traditional Romanian Blouse, called “IE”, while other participants wore the local traditional folk costume encouraged by the organizers because on this day we celebrated the Universal Day of the Romanian Blouse.

    After watching the traditional horse race, the students visited Schitul Straja (the Straja Hermitage is an Orthodox hermitage that includes a wooden church and a few cellars dating back to 1999; the entrance to the hermitage is through an artificial tunnel of 57 meters where there are icons of saints disposed after day and month according to the Orthodox Christian calendar), the Cross of Heroes( with a height of 18 meters and a width of 9 meters, it is a monument dedicated to the 800 soldiers who died in World War I) and the Mascot of the resort, an old bear called Baloo, which lives in a farmhouse at the entrance of the resort. They also watched the folklore show of “Jienii Petrosaniului” Folklore Group, took a lot of photos and made videos and then they shared them on the Whatsapp group.

    Because on 24 June, we celebrate “Sanzienele” (also called albe, drăgaice, rusalii; yellow or white fragrant flowers, Galium verum, the weeds of desire) a pagan tradition which coincides with the Orthodox holiday of the birth of Ioan Botezatorul (St. John the Baptist), the students gathered bouquets of the flowers with the same name on their way back from Straja to Lupeni.

    According to the Romanian tradition, in the morning of Sanziene , people gather bouquets of “sanziene”, make wreaths, and throw them on the roof. It is believed that the person will have a long life if the wreath remains on the roof. They also link them in the form of a cross, and take them to church where they are sanctified. Then, they bring them back home and keep them for various magical practices, including treating illness and scaring the evil. Also, during the night before Sanziene, women make wreaths with the same flowers, and place them under their pillows, to dream of their future husband.









    They also recorded some traditional songs and dances:

    WhatsApp Video 2019-06-24 at 16.10.04.mp4

    (Recorded by Lavinia Popescu)


    (Recorded by Gabriela Parlea)


    and the traditional horse race:


    (recorded by Denis Raducanu)


    P12 Activities. Nedeia Troitei. Parang Tourist Resort. 15 August 2019

    As part of the Erasmus + project "PRomotionOf Identity, Euopean Culture and Tradition", ref. no. 2018-1-IT02-KA229-047925_3, 7 students from “Mihai Eminescu” National College, Petroșani, accompanied by Mrs Manea Ștefania, the project coordinator, and Mr. Rolland Szedlacsek, responsible for dissemination and IT activities, participated in Nedeia Troiței, in Parâng tourist resort, on 15 August 2019.

    On this occasion, the students had the opportunity to find out a series of information about this holiday from those with whom they spoke and about the products prepared by the locals from Slătinioara and Livezeni from Mr. Filimon Vreja (to whom we thank, again). They attended the official service at the Cross in the "Căsuţa din Poveşti" meadow, "raised by those who love Parangul, for all those who lived loving Parang and Valea Jiului", the place where locals and tourists meet every year on Saint Mary. They also watched the show held by "Doina MuntilorParâng" Folk Group, coordinated by Mr. Tiberiu Coconeț.

    Here are some photos taken by the students on this occasion:

    The students who participated in this activity together with Mrs. Stefania Manea, coordinator of the project, and Mr. Rolland Szedlacsek, IT engineer

    Students while discussing with the locals from Slatinioara and Livezeni (two hamlets that administratively belong to Petrosani) who prepared traditional products that were served on this occasion

    Traditional products served on this occasion ("pasat"= "coarse ground cornmeal with cheese" and "ciorba de oaie"= "mutton soup") and prepared by local people

    Students trying the traditional products prepared on this occasion

    Students discussing with locals about keeping the tradition of "Nedeia Troitei" and its significance

    Mr. Filimon Vreja from Slatinioara hamlet, Petrosani, revealing the "secrets"of the recipes they were cooking and valuable information about "Nedeia Troitei"

    Photos with the Cross from the "Căsuţa din Poveşti" meadow

    Members of "Doina Muntilor Parâng" Folk Group, coordinated by Mr. Tiberiu Coconeț, singing and dancing 

    Here is the power point presentation made by Bianca Barlida, member of the target group:


    Here is the video that promotes the pastoral festivals made by Sergio Ionasc, Denis Raducan and Cristian Tiriplica: 


    P14 Activities. "Momarlanii gazde bune" International Festival, Petrila, 8 September 2019.


    On Sunday, 8 September 2019, 6 students from “Mihai Eminescu” National College along with Mrs. Stefania Manea, coordinator of the Erasmus+ Project “Promotion Of Identity, European Culture and Tradition”, ref no 2018-1-IT02-KA229-047925_3, and Mr. Roland Szedlacsek, responsible for dissemination and IT activities, attended the international festival “Momârlanii, gazde bune” (6th edition) organised by “Junii Petrileni” Cultural Association, coordinator Mr. Constantin Cigmaian, in partnership with the Culture and Art Centre of Hunedoara County and with the support of the Town Hall and Local Council of Petrila. 

    On this occasion the students saw folk groups from Romania and Bulgaria, listened to specific songs from each country and admired their folk costumes in a parade aimed at promoting the local traditions and supporting the young talents from each region. After the parade, each folk group performed on the stage, giving their best to win the festival trophy.

    By Adina Iftene



    The folk costumes parade


    The folk groups welcomed by the local authorities with bread and salt


    All the folk groups in front of “Ladislau Schmidt” Concert Hall from Petrila


    The students from the target group with the members of “Junii Petrileni” Folk Group


    “Ladislau Schmidt” Concert Hall from Petrila



    January 15th, 2020- The students from “Mihai Eminescu” National College Petroșani celebrated 170 years since Mihai Eminescu, the spiritual father of our college, was born. For us, students and teachers, it’s a holiday. We celebrate the National Poet and the National Day of culture by reciting poems, performing dramatic monologues and plays, singing Eminescu’s poetry with original instrumentals and writing essays about his art and life.

    This year was a special one, because in our college’s annual show some actresses from “Ion D. Sîrbu” Dramatic Theatre, Petroșani participated in our show reciting Eminescu’s Poetry coordinated by the stage director Horațiu Ioan Apan and with the help of some students from our college.

    By Deliana Dinu


    "Dragobetele” is the Romanian version of St. Valentine’s Day. The students from the Earsmus + group prepared a presentation about it.