… is the name of a well-known festival organised at Sadu each year on the Pentecost. The name seems far from having been randomly chosen. They say it comes from Slavonic where it used to mean “garden”. If we add the fact that the village is located in a valley surrounded by mountain peaks, on the banks of the Sadu river, we can only say that it is an authentic “Carpathian Garden” with countless reasons to make the best of it.
Even if nowadays sheepfolds are much fewer than they used to be, the locals from Sadu still hold on to their pastoral customs. In May, for instance, on St. Constantine and Elena they take the sheep flocks up the mountain. The village is “invaded” by flocks with their dogs and donkeys loaded with luggage going up the mountain to spend the summer.
The crafts have also developed in time. “In the old days” the elderly say that Sadu was renowned for its wood processing, wool spinning, and weaving manufactures or for its paper mills. The locals used to sell their products at the Sibiu fairs but also beyond the Carpathians, in Wallachia. Today there still are a few blacksmith, wood processing and weaving workshops in Sadu.
Just like any other village from Mărginimea Sibiului, Sadu is also proud of its churches: The Wooden Church, former Catholic church and The Wall Church. Its interior is remarkable due to its two domes, unique in Mărginimea Sibiului.
116 years ago Sadu saw the inauguration of the Sadu 1 Hydropower Plant built by the authorities from Sibiu with the help of the villagers who understood that this will help their village develop. Nowadays tourists may visit the Sadu 1 Energy Museum here.
Coordonate GPS: 45.66 N, 24.17 E