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At the pass itself, the mountains seem to crowd oppressively on both sides, grim and Seichhof Church Sighisoara Dracula's Birthplace 1 Inch = approx. Church forbidding guardians of the borderlands. Travelers are cautioned about the dangers of crossing the Birkau Pass alone or at night, since the area is home to numerous wolves who sometimes attack hapless individuals. The mournful howls of these wild creatures often echo across the valley late at night. The winter snows make the road through the mountains almost impassable at certain times.

The New Year Customs are spread over several days from December 24 to January 7. They include Christmas,New Year and the Epiphany (Twelfth Night). Traditionally, these celebrations are organized by the young men of the village or town, who begin planning and rehearsals in early December. Miming plays, songs, hymns and greetings are all planned. On Christmas Eve and the three following days, and on New Year’s Eve and Twelfth Night, the young men give greetings and hopes for prosperity in the coming year to every house they visit.

There exists a large population of Magyar peasants who are little better off than their Romanian counterparts. Though not persecuted for their ethnicity or religion, these peasants are hardly treated a s human by their more privileged kinsmen. Szeklers s oon after the Magyars assumed control of Transylvania, they invited another Hungarian people known as the Szeklers to settle the southeastern portion of the land. Of peasant origin, the Szeklers are seen a s the best example of Hungarian peoples.

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