Sanziene or Dragaica is a festival that Romanian people celebrate on June 24, also known as the day when Christians celebrate Saint John the Baptist. During this day death people are remembered.The Feast of Sanziene is an old solar cult and its name probably comes from Sancta Diana, a sylvan goddess. It is believed that mountain people used to meet at Solstice moments (Sanzienele) or Equinox moments, to perform several rituals for Sun. This thing can be proven by the insignias such as rosettes and anthropomorphized sun found in Calimani Mountains.  Sanzienele are seen as flowers and anthropomorphic deities.

In popular traditions Sazienele are beautiful girls, priestesses of the sun that are usually hidden in forests. Here is faeries field and gives special powers to all flowers and weeds. Because of this, the day of June 24 is perfect for collect herbal medicines. Sanziene is also a saint day, so during this feast nobody works.

In different areas of Romania people use to make fires on the hills and others lighting candles and surround with it the house, stables and fields. These fairies can transform in bad spirits and bring storms and hail, leave the field without fruits, and flowers without cure.

During Sanziene feast, girls and boys try to find the beloved one and try to bring good luck in the household. In the morning of this day people braid wreaths of Sanziene and throw them on the house roof. If wreath remains a long period of time on the roof of the house, this means that man will have a long life. But if the wreath falls quickly means that person will die soon. Also girls collect Sanziene flowers and put them under the pillow.

Women believe that during the night they will see their future husband in a dream. In others regions, girls let wreath made of Sanziene flowers outside. The wreath full of dew predicts that the girl will marry in that summer. To see if the year will be a lucky one for the animals from households, people just need to pick garland of Sanziene at the corner of the house witch have orientation at East. If the next day the garland have hair, fluff or feathers from the animals means that that animals will have a great year.

Feasts of Sanziene means happiness and joy in people’s homes.

Ravasitul oilor is a symbolical celebration that marks the final of the pastoral year. This is a very old tradition that exists from the Dacian times. The event marks the respect and the importance of animal breeding tradition.

Ravasitul oilor means „sheep’s scattering” and is the day when the shepherds bring the sheep from the mountains. This symbolical celebration is happening close to Samedru holiday, which is on October 26. Together with Sangiorzul, celebrated on April 23, Samedru divides the year in two balanced seasons – summer and winter.According to these traditions God gave the weather keys to brothers Saint George and Saint Dmitri. The year is associated with a house with two doors, one of Saint Gheorge that opens the door for summer and the other one of Saint Dmitri that opens the door for winter.

Samedru autumn is the day when shepherds reckon with owner for businesses discuss in the spring to Sângiorz. Saint Dmitri let forests without leaves and gathers all householders to the harvest day for enjoying the harvest accumulated during the year. Villages from Oltenia and Muntenia celebrate the harvest joy with Samedru Fires. Fires are made in a meadow outside the village, at major crossroads of fire wheels thrown from the hill.

People gather to see variants of the Samedru Fires and women give children pretzels, apples, nuts or dried fruit.It is the day when shepherds bring the sheep to owners, and discuss about charges interests, pays off debts, rent homes and domains. After this event people get ready for the winter. Nowadays, Ravasitul oilor is a folk festival where shepherds show the quality of their products and beautiful animals. Travelers that enjoy this kind of festival can discover the dishes made by the locals.

In Bran area, tourists can eat sheep pastrami, bulz, cheeses of all kind sprinkles with unfermented wine. There are also prize parades of Sheepdogs, mioritic Sheepdogs and rams. Ravasitul oilor, the Best Breeder of Animals and of course, Cheese and Pastrami Festival takes place the last three days of October in Bran commune on the city of Brasov. For interested tourist, this festival takes place every year at the “Queen’s heart” highland from Bran commune.

The shepherds throw a waistcoat in the middle of a sheep to see how the weather will be; a black sheep on the waistcoat predicts a bad weather and a white ship predicts a great weather.

Brasov, a popular touristic city in Romania, held one of the biggest and important music events in Europe. During the months of August through September, The Golden Stag became a tradition in the international pop world, promoting local and foreign talents. Nonetheless, it was a contest-show with musicians from Romania and abroad, and special guests from across the world.

In 1968 took place the first edition, in the Council Square. Nicolae Ceausescu chose Brasov as the location because of its historical importance. Government of Romania desired to show the rest of Europe that the country was open-minded and free. Moreover, conceived initially as a copy of San Remo festival, the spectacle was soon known for its own name. Until the present, along many interruptions over the years, 17 editions took place. The main organizers, Romanian Television, stopped them in 2009 because of insufficient funds necessary to continue the show.

So, even though many years passed, Golden Stag received incredible appreciations, viewed as a big success. It had two main components, international contest and guest performances by foreign or Romanian artists, entertaining the numerous crowd and viewers across the globe.

Over time, many well-known stars have performed on stage, including Ray Charles, Kenny Rogers, UB 40, Ricky Martin, Scorpions, Sheryl Crow, Patricia Kaas, Toto Cutugno, James Brown, Pink and the list goes on. Interesting fact, a young artist named Julio Iglesias had his first international debut at the festival and eventually became famous. And let’s not forget Christina Aguilera, who participated over more than a decade ago.

Some of Romania’s own artists got the chance to let their voice be heard like Margareta Paslaru, Doina Spataru, Vama Veche. O-zone, Compact and Dan Spataru, Iris, Nicu Alifantis, or Gabriel Cotabita.

Creating such a big international show with performers from Romania or other different countries was not an easy task for Romanian Television. They had to have a sincere passion for music, wanting to invest interest and effort into their work. Also, every performance was like a test, a competition that involved the spirit. That is one of the reasons why other festivals were not that popular.

Golden Stag Festival had the goal to show the public that a no-name artist can become a star with a good opportunity. Well conduct and scenic arrangement stood out from the very first edition. People enjoyed lovely nights filled with good music, dances, and spectacular moments.

Big names from Romanian and international showbiz presented the concert during its existence like Iurie Darie and Stela Popescu in the first edition. Ricky Dandel, Beatrice Vornicu, Tania Budi and Toni Grecu too. In the latter editions Horia Brenciu, Andreea Marin, Alina Sorescu.

Also, the participants of the contest cannot be omitted. Such countries as Finland, Italy, Russia, China, Mexic, Israel and Turkey performed on stage. Some of the Romanian winners were Paula Seling, Monica Anghel, Luminita Dobrescu and Proconsul.

As the title suggests, the spectacle was a launching track for young artists all over the world. Their talent got recognized and inspired thousands of people to believe in themselves.

A source of entertainment beginning in the Communist era, Romania succeeded to bring on stage important names in music industry. An event that became so popular, the Golden Stag Festival remains in the hearts of many.