Hungarian President Janos Ader is spending his holidays alongside his family in Harghita County, his visit in Romania being private, Agerpres informs. The Hungarian Head of State visited Criseni last weekend, the village where the Straw Hats’ Festival is taking place and where Romania’s only straw hats’ museum is located.
Janos Ader tried out the largest straw hat in the museum, a two-meter hat with which every tourist takes pictures. He expressed his joy with the fact that the number of visitors has risen and the people maintain the local traditions intact. “The moment I arrived I was told I came precisely when the days of the village are taking place and I came to see whether there are changes, both demographic and economic, compared to the past and I notice there is an increasing number of tourists interested in this area and in this festival, thanks to the effort of the organizers, the family that owns this straw hats’ museum, but especially of the people of Criseni, who keep and carry forward the area’s traditions which were on the verge of extinction. This is proof of how a small village can become, with great efforts, renowned at national and European level,” the Hungarian President stated to the press.
This is the third time when Janos Ader visits the village of Criseni. Like before, he received a straw hat as a gift.
Romania’s sole straw hats’ museum was set up by Szocs Lajos, whose family has been making hats for four generations. The museum is housed by a traditional village house that was renovated and in which tourists can admire 150 models of hats from Transylvania.