President Traian Basescu urged participants to keep their traditions.
President Traian Basescu on Sunday wished the inhabitants of Maramures region who attended the Tanjaua festival in Hoteni to live well, adding that this is no electoral wish. “May the Lord help you to live well!” Basescu said at the end of an address voiced on the stage arranged at the Hoteni festival, which was attended by some 10,000 people.
Wearing a ‘clop’ (small straw hat, traditional in Maramures) and an ‘ilic’ (traditional skirt) he received from the locals, Basescu said it is too much saying that “he has become an inhabitant of Maramures” only because someone gave him this attire. “I want to start by raising my ‘clop’ in front of you,” the president told the audience. He added that, when looking to the map, Maramures is the place situated at equal distance between the north of Scandinavian countries and Malta, at equal distance between the Atlantic and the Caspian Sea, at a crossroad of cultures, where Romanians, through the people of Maramures, preserve unaltered rites and habits, as they are strict observers of Romanian traditions. He told the people that they make this place an important one for defining Romania, because they are proud of living in Maramures and in Romania. Tanjaua is a spring rite celebrated in several localities of Maramures, but Tanjaua of Hoteni is the biggest festival, which succeeds to gather a crowd of more than 10,000 each year.