Hora dance

Event or Heritage: 
Hora, also known as horo and oro, is a type of circle dance originating in the Balkans but also found in other countries. The name (spelled differently in different countries) is cognate to the Greek χορός: "dance" which is cognate with the ancient Greek art form of χορεία. The original meaning of the Greek word χορός may have been "circle". Also, the words hora and oro are found in many Slavic languages and have the meaning of "round (dance)"; the verb oriti means "to speak, sound, sing" and previously meant "to celebrate". In Romania, Hora is a traditional folk dance where the dancers hold each other's hands and the circle spins, usually counterclockwise, as each participant follows a sequence of three steps forward and one step back. The dance is usually accompanied by musical instruments such as the cimbalom, accordion, violin, viola, double bass, saxophone, trumpet or the pan pipes. The Hora is popular during wedding celebrations and festivals, and is an essential part of the social entertainment in rural areas. The Hora is having danced in other countries such as Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, Turkey and Israel, hence, the dance is a true example of Silk Road crossroads of intangible heritage!
Type of heritage: 
Intangible (traditions, celebrations, festivals, storytelling, gastronomy, carnivals, markets)
Silk road connection: 
Folklore dance originated in the Balkans
Name of the Organization: 
Ministry of Culture and National Cultural Heritage of Romania
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44° 25' 29.5572" N, 26° 6' 36.4104" E