Dragaica, the oldest fair in Muntenia
Fair between countries, as it was dubbed the “Drăgaica“, it is the oldest fair in the area, dating from the Middle Ages first mention. Not Buzau who have not visited even once Drăgaica. In the old days, the fair was a long-awaited opportunity for fun and enjoyment for both children and adults.
Every year, entire families, children and grandparents, walk together to the fair to eat small donuts, baklava or cotton candy, to drink beer and wine and to give in chains and other comedies. Fair but today no longer resembles the old with the fair. “Drăgaica is the oldest fair in the area. It seems that comes from Dacian although the first document appears in the Middle Ages. But at that time it was completely different from what it is now. It was an opportunity to exchange goods, the mountain came from wool with curd cheese and pastrami, as well as wood and cattle and grain changed from the field, “explained historian Marius Constantinescu. According to the historian, it was mentioned in Buzau fair trade documents thirteenth and fourteenth centuries after the foundation of the Romanian Land under Basarab I (1324-1352), the meat salesmen who went Buzau Valley merchandise at “fair between countries, which hold between 10 and 24 June, at the foot Penteleului “.
At first, it was located in the mountains, at the intersection of trade routes linking Dobrogea with Brasov and Transylvania, the so-called path of transhumance, the capital of Moldova with Romanian, Targoviste and the Danube trade link with mountain areas. Fair, pointed to the importance of the Cantemir in “Description of Moldova” was mentioned as a bringer of high income in a document of 26 August 1778 by Alexander Ypsilanti.
In the second half of the eighteenth century, the fair “Drăgaica” was moved to the edge of the Buzau, at Bănceşti, village belonging to the commune Simileasca, Alexander Ypsilanti entrusting him through a royal charter, dated August 1778, the Diocese. Church is granted exemption from customs fair with shepherds, although its revenue derived mainly from the disposal of agricultural products and other goods of cattle farmers or craftsmen come Lemberg route – Chernivtsi – Bacau – Buzau – Silistra – Constantinople, known as Bogdani road or highway.
Along the way, the fair Drăgaica and craftsmen have emerged and become virtually the only place where people could buy various tools and textiles. “Over time, they came sailing craftsmen with tools and plows, and then return to the intermediate merchants who were bringing agricultural products”, he said Marius Constantinescu. No comedy hundreds of years ago scarcely resembles those not present fully automated. “Before people were given the closet, so called comedy in which four people could sit and be pushed by others. Well, that was the Middle Ages comedy. Then came the comedies horse-drawn “told us the history.
Despite the decrease from year to year the number of customers, the fair “Drăgaica” will last, the city authorities promise. Saturday, June 6, is scheduled to open in 2015 edition, which will be the longest in the history of Drăgăicii known. Entry to the fair will be free.