Welcome to our Blog

Posted by admin on September 1, 2013

Welcome to the blog section of our Project website. Here you will find information about the different festivals celebrated throughout the participating countries. This information has been written by the studens participating in the project, so we hope you learn a lot from their views on their local festivals.

Very best,

The TFT Comenius Team

Cluj Napoca’s fall Festivals 2013

Posted by admin on September 4, 2013

In many regions of Romania, carefully preserved traditions and festivals are held annually. Almost all the cities, regardless of size, organize at least once per year a festival, a moment in which the sounds, the flavours and the traditions flood the community.

The festivals offer wonderful opportunities for the visitors because they can take part in those colourful events. The most popular Romanian fall festivals are described in the next lines:

napoca1.jpgIf you are in love with history and art, then you need to go at the Interwar Festival.Is a world premiere concept that wants to celebrate romanian and international personalities born in the interwar period through exhibitions, theatre and music performances..The event is organized in Cluj-Napoca, every year, in september.

 The next festival is a perfect oportunity for fun, free-time with your friens, danapoca2.jpgnce and good music.Septemberfest or ‚’’the festival of your friends’’ is a tradition organized since 1998 in early fall.Famous romanian singers and dancers are performing there every year, being applaused by thousands of people.If you go there, you can find a lot of romanian traditional food, sweets and drinks.


napoca3.jpgOctober brings many special festivals in Cluj.The first one is called Evenings of mediaval arts.Is a unique event made for talented people who are in love with everything that means elegance, art and theatre.The festival is organized at the Tailors Tower during October 4-6.


If you are a complex person, with an open-minded personality, sociable and curious, than you need tonapoca5.jpg participate at the TIMAF Festival: international festival of music and art Transylvania.TIMAF is the most complex festival in Romania, festival that brings in one place all the arts in the world: desingn, music, theatre, gastronomy, street arts, dance, martial arts, cinema, photography, publicity, literature, imitative arts and many others.The guest are famous artists, but, in the same time, young talents.Between October 5-12 TIMAF is prepared for you, every year.

napoca4.jpgThe next festival is specialy made for the humor lovers, and, in the same time, for the people who are in love with the movies land.“Comedy Cluj” is  the largest comedy film festival dedicated theme in Romania, reached the fifth edition this year. The festival is organized in Cluj-Napoca,the capital of Transylvania every year in October.Along the four editions already held, “Comedy Cluj” has brought for the public over 450 comedy films.The atmosphere of the festival's incredible and the humor of those carefully chosen films it will long remain imprinted in your mind!

Now, if you are a folk-passioned person of you just love the true music, than Napoca napoca5.jpgFolk & World Music Festival is made only for you.With 11 live performances by top folk artists, 2 alternative spaces during 3 days, your pasion will be satisfied.The festival  is organized between November 7-9.

napoca6.jpgThe next festival is called TEMPS D’IMAGES and it is special organized for the people who wants to see researches laboratories, contemporary dance work-shops, residencies and other interesting things.As from November 9 till  November 17 you can have the chance to be there !

The ultimate fall festival is the most refreshing one.If you are a student or just anapoca7.jpg young person ( not necessary in the true sense of the word), you are made for the FFEST : International Student Film Festival.The event takes place  between November  20-23 at the new bulilding of the Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania.Inside of the event, The Competition Program is in the centre of attention.Thousands of national and international  Film Schools are presenting their movie and after that, at the final, we will have a winner.FFEST is the most important film festivals in Romania and one of the most important film festivals in the world

Author: Deiac Rareş, Romania,Cluj-Napoca, National Pedagogical College ‚’’Gheorghe Lazar’’. Credit:Septemberfest.ro, Vifo.ro,Evenimenteincluj.ro,Citynews.ro, Radioromaniacultural.ro, Adevarul.ro,Ziuadecj.realitatea.net,Comunipedia.ro

Virgin of the Pine (Spain)

Posted by admin on September 8, 2013


The Virgin of Pine is the patron of Gran Canaria. The Gran Canaria Virgin, canonized between 1905 and 1914 was declared patron of Gran Canaria. The statue of the Virgin herself is said to have appeared in a pine tree in 8 September, 1492.

The Pine´s thrown

In 1684 a very strong wind threw the pine. After that, in XVIII Century, a yellow tower that nowadays is next to the basilica was built.


Nowadays, the tradition is going walking to Teror the night of the 7th  and 8th  of September. One of the most important aspects is the pine´s descent, to be near the pilgrims, to fulfill their promises.

The most importants festivals

-“Subida de la bandera”: It is on 1st of September at the 12:00 in the Pine´s basilica. It consists of the bell sound with fireworks.

- “Bajada y subida del Pino”: The descent of the Pine’s statue from her niche to the lateral nave of Basilica is one of the best religious festival.

- “Ofrenda, Romería”: It is a popular festival of the Pine’s days. It is celebrate in the 7th of September in the eve of Pine’s day. This day, all people give offerings to the Virgin of Pine.

Authors: Irina Guerra, Rita Rodríguez, Karla Miñaca, Miguel Saavedra  & Eva Torres.

La Fiesta Del Charco (The Puddle Festival)

Posted by admin on September 11, 2013

The Puddle is a celebration reliving the old custom of fishing in coast puddles at a Canarian village called “La Aldea”.

Ancient Canarians used to fish using the technique of drugging fish with sap of the Euphorbia and Elephant cactus. This tradition lasted until the 1950s.
—Nowadays that tradition is revived on September 11th,but now before people entering the puddle  a liquid drug is pured into the water to drug fish.

There is a a grove and close to it there is a large rectangular  pond like a football field. It is next to the sea and water rises and falls with the tide. It's the famous Puddle of La Aldea, which can be located on Google maps. Around four in the afternoon, the Puddle begins to fill with people.

At 4:45 pm everyone gets into the puddle but  without crossing the  line around the puddle (if you cross  that line you are thrown stones at).

—At 5:00 pm the Mayor of “La Aldea” throws a Frisbee and everyone gets into the puddle with nets and fish catch traps.The winner is the one who catches the largest fish.


Author: Andrea Rodríguez, Noah Aparicio, Judith Silva, Joel Díaz & Luisa Tamayo

Interwar Festival (Romania)

Posted by admin on September 27, 2013

If you are in love with history and art, then you need to go to the Interwar Festival. It is a world premiere concept that wants to celebrate Romanian and international personalities born in the interwar period through exhibitions, theatre and music performances. The event is organized in Cluj-Napoca, every year, in September.

Septemberfest or ’’the festival of your friends’’.

Posted by admin on September 28, 2013

Septemberfest or ’’the festival of your friends’’ is a tradition organized since 1998 in early fall. Famous Romanian singers and dancers perform there every year, being applauded by thousands of people. If you go there, you can find a lot of traditional Romanian food, sweets and drinks.

Cursed Dog goes loose

Posted by admin on September 28, 2013

Operromaldito.jpgn Saint Miguel's night there is a really curious tradition in this island. It’s the celebration of Archangel Saint Miguel, Valsequillo's patron saint. On the night of 28th and 29th of September, they organize “the cursed dog’s release”. This tradition started in the 19th century, when Lujan Perez sculpted an image of the Archangel Saint Miguel with the figure of a terrible dog between his legs.

People started to imagine that Satan took the dog's form, and once a year it got loose from the chains that Saint Miguel tightly held. Thus, accompanied by several witches and demons they fought the saint until sunrise. It was a fight between liberty and repression, fears  and banquets, parties...For this reason on the midnight of  September 28th men used to go  out to “search for witches" while women and children stayed at home.It was a fight between liberty and repression, fears and banquets, parties...perromald3.jpg

 This celebration is a good example of the heritage of Valsequillo, a municipality with a big tradition of fireworks. However, they haven’t used any more fireworks since 2011 because there was a big accident and some youngsters died.

gal2678-1.jpgNowadays it’s celebrated with a  show in the streets, a big  parade, the lights on the town are tuned off and the dog is let loose  with a big show of music, Giants and Big-heads,  special effects....

Authors: Benearo Páez & Julián Fernández

Since 1990 Germany celebrates the unification of the two German states, West and East Germany.


All this began with the building of the wall between West and East Germany after World War II. From then on two totally different states developed. While East Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union and became the German Democratic Republic (DDR), West Germany was controlled by France, the United Kingdom and the United States and became the Federal Republic of Germany (BRD). West Germany got a democratic system of government but the people in East Germany didn't have a lot of freedom. Many people wished the fall of the Wall, because they were separated from their families. A lot of people tried to escape from East Germany.

From the beginning of September 1989 people in the DDR began to protest peacefully against the state. The people often met to show how unhappy they were. The group became bigger and bigger. Sometimes they met in churches. Finally they were successful and political change began.

 So they were glad when the Wall fell 9th November 1989.Germany's unification became official on 3rd October 1990.Since this day Germany has been united again and all Germans have been free again.

 What do people do?

Many people have a day off work and big public celebrations are organized in a different federal state each year. These include: Speeches by politicians and other leaders, fireworks.


Authors: Paula Hasselmann, Annalena Preiß

Harvest festival (Erntedankfest)

Posted by admin on October 6, 2013

The harvest festival is one of the oldest festivals. Mostly the German people celebrate it on the first Sunday in October. germany2.jpg

 A harvest festival carpet

In the past over 80 percent of the population lived in the country and were dependent on bringing in the harvest. Also today people thank God for the growing of the crop. And they want to remind everybody of saving the Creation.


A church altar with the harvest

The harvest festival has been celebrated since the 3rd century. Baskets with fruit or a harvest crown are brought to the church altar in a special service.

In some parishes people celebrate the festival with special food or with a dance.  Sometimes there are fairs and it is a tradition to burn straw dolls on the field.


Authors: Lisa Schulz-Achelis; Cynthia Weete, Hanneke Wessel

Día de la Hispanidad (Columbus Day)

Posted by admin on October 12, 2013

Dia de la Hispanidad

The Hispanidad (English: Hispanics) are the community formed by all the people and countries that share a common Hispanic heritage and cultural pattern. The 22 nations that are included are all Spanish-speaking countries.


Various countries celebrate 12th October as the Día de la Hispanidad ("Day of Hispanicity" or "Hispanic Day"). Since 1987 Spain has celebrated this holiday as its Fiesta Nacional de España. In the other nations of the community, the day is also celebrated as a commemoration of the date in 1492 when Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas, marking the beginning of the diffusion of Spanish language and culture as well as its lasting impact on the New World.


 How is the day celebrated in Spain?

Columbus Day in the Canary Islands is celebrated with a military parade.The celebration of this day in the Canaries has become a a tribute to the Guardia Civil.

Motto of the Hispanic Heritage Celebration: It’s the sacred Hispanic brotherhood of sovereign peoples beyond all discord.


Author: Sthefany Garcés, Kevin Cordones, José F. Álamo


Posted by admin on October 15, 2013

'Sacrifice Holiday'
(Kurban Bayrami the most important religious and secular holiday of the year. Kurban means 'sacrifice' in Turkish. Kurban Bayrami comes during the happy season of the pilgrimage (HAC, in Turkish) period, to thank ALLAH (God) for sending a ram for Prophet Hz.Ibrahim (Abraham) to slaughter instead of his son Ismail (Ishmael).

Also KURBAN BAYRAMI is an important affirmation of one of the key tenets of ISLAM, shared social responsibility. Families who can afford to sacrifice an animal... this can be mostly a ram or goat, will do so and there is a complex code stipulating how the carcass should be distributed amongst friends, family and charitable concerns.



29th October Republic Day

Posted by admin on October 29, 2013

 On the 29th of October 1923, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk declared that Turkey would be a republic and renamed it as the 'Republic of Turkey'.

The Republic Day of Turkey is a public holiday throughout Turkey, commemorating the proclamation of the republic in 1923. It lasts 35 hours, starting on the afternoon of the previous day. October 28, is also an official holiday.

 Many people in Turkey celebrate Republic Day by attending performances and participating in traditional processions with flags and musical bands.

The Turkish Republic’s founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk proclaimed Republic Day as Turkey’s most important holiday. Many people also lay wreaths to Atatürk’s monuments or visit Atatürk’s mausoleum in the country’s capital, Ankara.

In the evening of October 29 many cities have traditional processions with flags and musical bands to commemorate Republic Day in Turkey. The processions usually end with fireworks, which begin after dark.Public administration buildings, schools, post offices and many small businesses are usually closed on this day. Public transport schedules may vary and public transport routes may change in the event of street performances and processions. 

The afternoon of the previous day, October 28, is also an official holiday with many banks and government buildings open for half a day.Turkey had effectively been a republic from April 23, 1920 when the establishment of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey was introduced. However it was 3 years later that it was officially recognised.

On the 29th of October 1923, the new name of the nation and its status as a republic was declared. After that, a vote occurred in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and Atatürk was selected as the 1st president of the Republic of Turkey.

Since then, every year on the 29th of October Republic Day in Turkey is celebrated.