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Prislop Pass Folk Festival 2018

The festival of Romanian traditions culminates with the "hora" – a circle dance of Transylvania, Maramures, and Moldova

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All those interested in Romanian folk culture are invited to the Prislop Festival which celebrates​ the traditions of various regions through costumes, songs, and dances. The main attraction of the celebration is the Romanian circle dance called "Hora de la Prislop"–it symbolically depicts the kinship between Transylvania, Maramures, and Moldova. Every third Sunday of August the festival takes place in the Carpathian Mountains at Prislop Pass.

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Prislop Pass Folk Festival is held at 1,416 meters of altitude. It is the highest pass in Romania. It is 50 km long and 30-40 km wide, the northern side is more steep than the southern slope. The road goes through Vişeu, Moisei, Borşa, Câmpulung Moldovenesc, and Suceava County (in Moldova). Prislop Folk Festival is a quite traditional event in Romania. Hora de la Prislop was first mentioned in Latin chronicles in 1738. It was forbidden for some time, but was restarted in 1968. Up to 50,000 people every year came to Prislop Pass.

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If you want to get a better idea of the region and its history you can visit Muzeul Radacinilor (Roots’ Museum) with 100 bizarre-shaped tree roots. There is also a room which various artefacts from two World Wars that were fought here. The museum also has a numismatics collection, and painted eggs from Maramures and Bukovina.

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