Tourist Animation – A Chance for Adding Value to Traditional Heritage: Case Studies in the Land of Maramureș (Romania)

Ilieș, Alexandru; Hurley, Peter Damian; Ilieș, Dorina Camelia; Baias, Ștefan (Articol)

“The majesty and the imagination of the rural population, of its singers and artisans, are obvious in each of the villages of the Land of Maramureș. This value seems to flourish and grow each and every time there is a traditional – and more recently, Christian – celebration; each of these celebrations being, in fact, opportunities and occasions to revive and animate the Maramures village. Within this scientific endeavour we present three case studies, three tourism animation best practices organised on the occasion of, or at the same time as, traditional Christian celebrations: Easter and St. George’s Day (in the Museum of the Maramureș Village in Sighetu Marmației), the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (în the village Săpânța) and Christmas (in the city of Sighetu Marmației). These three manifestations of different ages delve into important tangible and intangible heritage values. They remain deeply connected to the religious celebrations that inspired them, celebrations of utmost importance in the life and minds of Maramureș’ inhabitants. At the same time, these events being a promotion of local values, through related tourism activities are and can increasingly be an important source of income for the local population. Taking place in different seasons of the year (spring, summer, winter) the three cultural events constructed around these celebrations are known as Easter in Maramureș (since 2013), The Long Road to the Merry Cemetery (since 2010) and the The Marmația Winter Festival of Rituals and Traditions (since 1969). These are three (3) occasions when a part of the local inhabitants wears the so-called popular or traditional folk costumes, ancient outfits that vary from village to village, times when local craftsmen expose their unique creations. The three case studies are examples of good practices through which the tangible and intangible heritage values, be they ancient or more recent, of an authentic and well-documented specific geographical space, are valued by local actors.”

Cuvinte cheie: Easter in Maramureș, Marmația festival, Săpânţa, Sighetu Marmației, tangible and intangible heritage, and The Land of Maramureș

Revista de etnografie și folclor / Journal of Ethnography and Folklore

2017, nr. 1-2, p. 131-151