Traditions

In Gorj county, the traditions hold a special importance for the community, so reviving some of the local popular traditions being one of it objectives:

– Dragobete (love celebration): held in Motru, Rovinari, Târgu-Cărbuneşti, Bumbeşti-Jiu, Turceni, Baia de Fier, Băleşti, Bărbăteşti, Bâlteni, Bolboşi, Brăneşti, Bumbeşti-Piţic, Bustuchin, Căpreni, Câlnic, Ciuperceni, Crasna, Leleşti, Licurici, Logreşti, Muşeteşti, Padeş, Roşia de Amaradia, Săuleşti, Scoarţa, Stejari, Ţânţăreni, Urdari;
– Lăuatul fetelor: Bărbăteşti, Săuleşti;
– Drăgaica: Crasna;
– Ciumarca: Drăgoteşti;
– Piţărăii/ Colindeţul: in most of the county.

Another way of keeping the Gorj traditions alive is expressed by celebrating some moments from the religious and agricultural calendar and organising holidays (nedei):

– Saint Trifon: Ciuperceni;
– Saint George: Bolboşi, Bumbeşti-Jiu, Bustuchin, Crasna, Muşeteşti, Samarineşti, Stoina, Turcineşti, Teleşti;
 Saint Peter: Ciuperceni;
– Saint Ilie: Jupâneşti, Polovragi, Samarineşti, Stroieşti, Schela;
– Saint Mary the Great: Albeni, Brăneşti, Bărbăteşti, Bolboşi, Bustuchin, Cătunele, Ioneşti, Leleşti, Plopşoru, Scoarţa, Slivileşti, Stoina, Urdari, Ţicleni, Turburea, Turcineşti;
– Saint Mary: Bărbăteşti, Brăneşti, Cătunele, Leleşti, Licurici, Negomir, Padeş, Samarineşti, Scoarţa, Slivileşti, Turcineşti;
– Cârstov/ Rising of the Saint Cross: Albeni and Negomir;
– Saint Paraschiva: Alimpeşti, Bărbăteşti, Bâlteni, Cătunele, Padeş, Săuleşti, Slivileşti, Stejari, Runcu, Teleşti, Turceni, Văgiuleşti;
– Ovidenia: Stejari;
– Hill Celebrations/ Wineyards holy: Runcu;
– Acacia Flower Celebration: Văgiuleşti, Urdari;
– Cherry Tree Day: Turcineşti.

It is already a tradition that most of Gorj organises communitary celebrations, days of the Town or the Commune, that preserve such special customs and cultural traditions:

– Bumbeşti-Jiu (24-25 April), Brăneşti (2-5 May), Rovinari (10-15 May), Târgu-Jiu (16-22 May), Novaci (16-22 May), Slivileşti (20-21 May), Motru (25-27 May), Ţânţăreni (15-19 June), Rădineşti (25-26 June), Turceni (15-17 July), Bustuchin (24-25 July), Logreşti (6-7 August), Săcelu (9-11 August), Târgu-Cărbuneşti (25-29 August), Alimpeşti (27-28 August), Băleşti, Bumbeşti-Piţic, Runcu şi Stoina (6-8 September), Ţicleni (2-4 September), Turcineşti (16-18 September), Crasna (1-2 October).

At the same time, throughout Gorj county, there are a series of folcloric festials that are held, of county, regional, or national importance, with organisers such as the County Center for Conservation and Promotion of Traditional Gorj Culture, the Professional Artistic Ensemble „Doina Gorjului” and the Popular School of Arts, together with the local administrations:

– Stoina (Mărţişoare folclorice, 6 March);
– Stăneşti (Pastorala Floriilor);
– Târgu-Jiu and Novaci (Liviu Dafinescu, 8-10 April);
– Novaci (Sheep climbing up the mountain, third Sunday of May);
– Rovinari (Young Talents, 26 May);
– Târgu-Jiu (Pe fir de baladă, 27-29 May);
– Hurezani (Amaradia, 30 May);
– Negomir (Vatra satului, 2 June);
– Crasna (Răsună munţii sub Parâng, 12 June);
– Căpreni (Sofia Drăghici, 26 June);
– Ciuperceni (Plai de cântec şi de dor, 29 June);
– Stejari (La stejarul din răscruce, 20 July);
– Polovragi (Nedeia of Saint Ilie, 20 July);
– Bustuchin (Iustina Băluţeanu, 23-24 July);
– Drăgoteşti (Song of the Valleys, 27 July);
– Cătunele (27 July);
– Godineşti (Youth Festival 31 July-1 August);
– Logreşti (Ancesters dance, 6-7 August);
– Tismana (Gorj popular song, dance and garments Festival, 14-15 August);
– Târgu-Cărbuneşti (Gena Bârsan, folk music, 26 August);
– Rânca (Autumn Festival, 2-4 Septembrie);
– Runcu (Maria Apostol, 7-8 Septembrie);
– Bolboşi (Gorj singers festival, 15 September);
– Baia de Fier (Sheep coming down the mountain, third Sunday of September);
– Târgu-Jiu (,,Maria Lătăreţu”Romanian popular song festival, 7-10 November);
– Drăgoteşti (Memorial Nicolae Vlad, 4-5 December);
– Târgu-Jiu (Winter customs celebration, 21 December).

Along with the street display of popular Gorj art for the 6 fairs for popular artisans that are held annualy, the local popular art is treasured in the local museums and collections.

For the same purpose, The County Center for Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Gorj Culture, „Alexandru Stefulescu” County Museum and Popular Art School organise periodical exhibitions. Noticeable is also the fact that at a county level, there seems to be an increase in the cultural settlements for this kind of events, and in the last years there have been such celebrations locally, at Licurici, Bumbeşti-Piţic, Ciuperceni, Novaci, Drăgoteşti, Turburea, Ioneşti, Samarineşti, Bărbăteşti, Jupâneşti.

The Gorj inhabitants` taste for popular art is underlined by the fact that at this moment there are 193 artisans in the county that are still active, creating and producing a multitude of objects, ranging from those for immediate use to those that please the eye.