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About Farkaslaka

Lupeni or Farkaslaka (Romanian: Lupeni; Hungarian: Farkaslaka) is a commune in Harghita County, comprising 9 villages:

  • Bisericani/Szentlélek
  • Bulgăreni/Bogárfalva
  • Firtuşu/Firtosváralja
  • Lupeni/Farkaslaka
  • Morăreni/Nyikómalomfalva
  • Păltiniş/Kecset
  • Păuleni/Székelypálfalva
  • Satu Mic/Kisfalud
  • Sâncel/Szencsed

The commune has an absolute Székely (Hungarian) majority. According to the 2002 census it has a population of 4,434 of which 99.28% or 4,402 are Hungarian.

You can easily arrive here from larger towns such as Miercurea Ciuc, Brasov or Tirgu Mures as well. Despite its central location it has a tranquil, peaceful ambient and offers accommodation, restaurant, bar and gas station facilities for visitors inside and outside of the country.

In Farkaslaka, right across the honorary monument built in the memory of Áron Tamási, the famous Hungarian writer born in this village.

Tamási Áron s village of angels , in the heart of Szeklerland, between Sovata and Odorheiu Secuiesc, near the National Road no. 13A, in the valley of the river called Fehérnyikó. The first written reference about the settlement is from 1566; today is the center of the communality of 9 villages. The name of the village is possible to date from the name of wolf - the totem animal, from the heathen times. The popular tradition says there was a small water mill north from the Nyikó river. Around the water mill, and also around the village, there were forests. Here, to this watermill came a man with his horse to grind. While the men grinded, wolves ate his horse. The man went home without his horse, and told everybody that wolves populate that place down . The tradition is derives from this story the name of the village. The settlement is situated on the side of Gordon mountain.

The communality since its foundation is populated by Szekler-Hungarian, Roman Catholic peoples. In 2001 there lived 1776 people in the village: 1773 Hungarian and 3 Romanian nationalities. From the point of view of religion: 1733 Roman Catholic, 40 Reformed and 3 Orthodox.

Economical characterization: the main activity of the population is the animal husbandry (beef, sheep, horse, goat, swine and poultry) and plant cultivation (potatoes, bean, corn, wheat, barley, oat, and today even flax and sugar beet) which serves mainly the animal feeding. There are important traditions of fruit cultivation too, usually plum, apple, pear and nut.

The first written reference about charcoal-burning is dated from 1594, when the charcoal-burning was the privilege of people living in Lupeni. Today the charcoal burning is maybe the most typical activity of the surroundings; the fuming charcoal heaps are attracting curious onlookers. The artisan and folk-art are important activities, the homespun of women are wonderful, and the needle-laces and wool covers are very beautiful.

Lupeni and Tamási Áron - the village and the writer - are united in mind of the people living in the locality and environs. Lupeni became the pilgrim places of the classical Hungarian literature. Tamási with his art has created an enduring memorial to his native village. As a style-creator, he has introduced the Szekler speech in the Hungarian literature.

The Roman Catholic Church was built in 1842-1848 on the Church-hill, west from the village, at 581 m height. Its protector is Saint John Nepomuki. The size of the church: 47 m long, 15,80 m wide, the tower is 38 m high.
It is one of the Austrian classicist rural churches, which has simplified classical-baroque furniture. Today s church bells were made in Sibiu in 1927. The organ was made in 1865 (Mátisfalvi Szőcs Sámuel has built it). In front of the church there is a memory of those who died in 1914-18 from the village. The frescos of the church are made by painter brothers from Arad.

The elementary school was built in 1936. In the small garden in front of the school, on 19th September 1997 was dedicated the bust of Tamási Áron, at the 100 anniversary of of the writer. Today the statue is decorating the entrance. Its creator is Sánta Csaba, sculptor from Sovata.

You can make use of all the public services existing in the village: medical surgery, car services, and gas station.

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