The Romanian Folk Dance Traditions of Méhkerék

The Romanian Folk Dance Traditions of Méhkerék

The name of the village of Méhkerék is nowadays known countrywide due to the Romanian dance tradition of the village. Thanks to the relatively late modernization of the area and the closed community, the elements of folk culture and customs have been preserved in their entirety. The Romanian language, the Orthodox religion and most importantly, the local Romanian folk dance tradition form the local identity. The people of Méhkerék learn the local dances together with their families or folk dance groups, thus young and old alike dance them nowadays on holidays, family and friends' occasions. In addition, the members of the folk dance ensembles present with great success, the local folk dance treasure at various national and international venues, festivals and cultural events.

Local organisations, such as the György Nyisztor Traditional Folk Dance Ensemble and the Association for the Traditions and Culture of Méhkerék are important custodians of safeguarding of the dance tradition. The dances of Méhkérék, which belongs to the westernmost branch of Romanian dance culture, the Bihor dance dialect, are still known and practised by all generations thanks to the transmission of the tradition, local dance events and folk dance education in schools.

Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO
Elemér Muharay Folk Art Assosiation
Assosiation of Hungarian Folk Artists
Institute of Ethnology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Kriza János Ethnographic Society
Hungarian Ethnographic Society
Museum of Ethnography
Hungarian Heritage House
National Cultural Institute