The Grape Ball

“The Grape Ball” reunited, through its activities, over 800 citizens that had fun and enjoyed traditional Hungarian music. All those interested in festivities dedicated to vineyards could admire exciting activities that brought together tradition and creation. The festival is organized by Pâncota City Hall and financed by Phare, hoping to increase Pâncota festivals’ multiculturalism.

The festivities were opened by 30 couples dressed in Hungary’s national attire, who crossed the entire city, inviting all the inhabitants to the ball. Last year’s elected queen lead the convoy, wearing a crown of grapes and vines, symbolizing the tradition that is kept every year in Pâncota. The procession then heads off towards the Roman Catholic Church, where a mass is held, an old traditional blessing.

The artistic program, held at the Culture House, consisted of Hungarian dances and music. The show was resumed on Sunday as well, in the city park, where Buza Virag band of Pecica and music bands “Mini Dou” and “Habar” sang and danced with everyone present.

There was a photo exhibition as well, with pictures representing the traditions of Pâncota, and a drawing exhibition on “The Picking of Grapes”. The conference “Traditions in Pâncota” attended by about 70 people, discussed topics such as the tradition of Kirchweih, The Ball of the Grapes, and local history of the churches in Pâncota.

This year, certificates of attendance and prizes were awarded to everyone, and a new queen was chosen at 12 pm on Sunday, by the name of Mădălina Lăzărescu.

“The Grapes Ball” takes place every year, on the last Saturday of October.

Articole source: http://www.aradon.ro/balul-strugurilor-la-pancota/