The custom of the ‘’Junii’’ (Young Men) of the old Şchei district of Braşov has its origin in our traditional mentality, according to which the group of young men plays a premonitory role. It is connected to the celebration of spring and the renewing of nature, to fertility rituals and those of the initiation of the young people when passing from one age category to another.
The active role is played by the ‘’Junii Tineri’’ / ‘’Young Junii’’ (the younger unmarried men) who, through the ritual, cross the whole year within a 10-day period. The traditional ‘’Surla’’ (kind of whistle) announces the arrival of spring. The ritual itineraries to the roadside crosses have apotropaic valences meant to purify the space and to expel the evil forces of the old year. Sprinkling girls with perfume and going for red eggs on the second Easter day as well as taking out girls to dancing are fertility rituals.
The complex of cyclical ritual gestures - the junii's hora (Romanian round dance), throwing the mace and the blanket tossing (when men are thrown in the air on a blanket) belong to the category of initiation practices, intensifying the symbolic role of the Young Junii.