26.01.2020 09:30 - 23:00
Breasla lolelor Agnita
Legends say that this custom has its roots in the Middle Ages. When the Turkish invaders sieged the burgh of Agnita, a young girl named Ursula got disguised in a scary costume, went out of the burgh and made deafening noises with her whip, thus chasing the scared Turks.
In the 17th and 18th century the custom of the lole was closely linked to the custom of handing over the guild box to the new town chief. The gathering was accompanied by the lole, i.e. funny characters whose role was to protect the boxes from the neighbourhoods.
Today, the custom took the form of a parade opened by the chief of the shoemakers’ guild accompanied by two little children as a symbol of guardian angels. Then come the tailors’ guild, the furriers’ guild and the coopers’ guild, each showing the public their traditional crafts through specific elements and characters. The procession ends with the Transylvanian Hymn then the lole run in groups on the streets to chase the evil spirits by stroking their whips and shaking their cowbells. Passers-by who recognise them get a donut as a reward.
Did you know...?
The name of lole comes from the German verb “lallen”- to stutter, referring to the difficulty of speaking with the mask on. The Saxon word Urzeln could not be translated accurately, but it is assumed to derive from the name of the clothes made from pieces of textiles called “Urzen” in the Saxon dialect from Agnita.
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