Introducing the organization
The association was established in October 1985 by local youths in order to evaluate, and possibly save the still existing thatched vineyard press blockhouses on the vine hill. As an initiative, they have bought a ruined ramshackle press house from their own money. During ethnographic camps they have renovated the house from their own resources. This building has served as the base for the association for years. In the past quarter century it was twice set afire by envies, but by cooperation it was always successfully rebuilt.
Traditions and the preservation of ethnic values are closely related to evaluations and renovations, especially the tradition of thatching.
The association was established in the last moment, when the old craftsmen were still alive and they were still able to pass their skills to the enthusiastic youths. Besides the sound of reaping-machines also the swish of scythes and singing could be heard again in the fields. The community building nature of the common work played also an important part in the life of the association. The great watersheds and turning points have always been related to common products and value creation.
With modernization and the changing of values traditions were not the integral part of everyday life anymore. There was a need for an enthusiastic little group to keep account our excellent holidays and to revive the related traditions. With the initiative and support of the Hegypásztor Kör the Rozmaring drama group was formed. They have not only adapted farces, but also organized the memorial programs of national holidays.
They have also preserved the customs related to religious holidays. Due to the association’s activities after long years the Passion of the good Friday was heard again from the mouth of the worshipers. Nativity, or greeting the little Jesus, as they say here, became again a part of Christmas.
Besides the folk traditions of Luca and the maypole, they have started new programs to create traditions. Since several years they organize Christmas for the village, Mother’s day (inviting all mothers in the village), craft fairs and dance houses, stirring young and old in the village.
The main goal of the common events, programs is not only to observe traditions, but also community building and strengthening the ties and attachment to the settlement and to the region. All of their activities serve this end.
Besides the well-established methods, we strive to invent something new, that people pick up on. Just to select some of our programs: Besides our age-old, punk fruit trees on our vine hill land we have planted native saplings. We have invited the local families to plant trees for their children under 18 with their names marked. Today more than 150 small trees have owners. Many regularly visit and cultivate their saplings.
Preserving the skills of folk arts in not self-serving either. Our desire is that more and more would know and learn them. We strive to make the process of learning more interesting and colorful, so that we may find interested ones from a wider range to a subject.
We regularly organize arts and crafts (in which we show various technics to the children), and courses where we teach folk crafts to the participants (for example straw plaiting, basketry, honey-cake making, pottery). Our courses are very popular not only among the local citizens, but also among those coming from farther settlements.
In the form of ethnographic camps, and harvest days we invite visitors to join to us and learn the skills of viticulture, manual harvesting, picking handfuls, sheaving, thrashing, doubling, seed cleaning, baking of bread, bemiring, spinning fence, making a hedge. We ensure that spending a day with us will be a pleasant experience for everyone.