Csehétfalva / Cehețel, where the festival will be hosted, is a special place. It is a tiny peasant village established in the 15th century in the heart of Transylvania, at the foothills of the Eastern Carpathian mountain range. It is located in the Szeklerland region, which is a fairly large Hungarian enclave in the middle of Romania. The village is therefore entirely Hungarian, both culturally and linguistically.
The number of inhabitants in the village is less than hundred, mostly consisting of elderly people – though recently more and more young people have moved into the village. The main occupation is extensive small-scale farming and animal husbandry. People of the village mainly live off the land, keep barnyard animals like cows, horses, pigs, sheep and poultry, and live according to the ever-changing laws of the seasons.
Every morning and evening a cow herd of about 180 cows walks out to the surrounding fields to graze until their return around dusk. The active presence of barnyard animals gives the village a special character.
The village is surrounded by fields and forests, and the wildlife characteristic to those: deers, boars, hares, foxes and bears. The Eastern Carpathian region of Transylvania gives home to the highest number of Europe’s brown bear population, a factor all humans living and visiting this part of the world must keep in mind and be careful. Nature demands its respect here.
Village life tends to be slow, calm and free of the business of cities. It is a place for enjoying a slow-paced week. Next to the peasant homesteads and the local hostel, there is a carpentry workshop and a textile weaving atelier where visitors might be able to pay a visit.