Community centre network
Commune Soimus dispose of one of the best network of community centres from the district, most of them been renovated and upgraded in recent years, offering special conditions for organization of cultural movement, but also for various meetings of local community.
In every village works a cultural centre, those cultural centres have a total number of 2250 seats.
Boholt- 250 seats
Bejan- 450 seats
Cainelu de Jos-100 seats
Chiscadaga – 250 seats
Fornadia – 250 seats
Paulis – 100 seats
Sulighete – 300 seats
The library dispose a suitable space, have over 7000 volumes and a number of 360 readers.
The book fund includes literature for children and young people, fiction, history, geography, agriculture books and medicine. The majority of the readers are young people, but also are other categories of people interested of specialty books, in various fields. In the library are organized expositions and book launches.
Old Architecture is common to the settlements located in the lowland and the hills of Mures. The villages in this area are located on the river’s valleys and along roads, rarely are separate. The villages in the lowland area of the commune Soimus, are gathered strung along road, and the ones located on the folds of the hills are scattered.
The household in the lowland area are large, with rich plantations, and in the hills area ,the household are irregularly shaped ,the streets and the alleys have a sinuous route.
Among the oldest types of plans of houses are two: hunedorean type with two rooms and a porch and the general type of Romanian houses, with porch and two rooms.
A short, but suggestive presentation of the constrictive landscape of the area we have from the big historic N. Iorga, which in 1906, founded in a visit in Ardeal, and passes through Soimus:”As you leaved Soimus you are at Mures, which is yoked by a big wood bridge. Here the water is really great”. At Bejan, first settlement arisen in the way, discovers:”The houses are good with their tall shingled rooftops that rests on the pillars that are surrounding the porch.
The old architecture which can be met until the first half of 20th century, was changed with new constructions , the traditional materials have been changed with brick ,tile etc. Also the plan of the house has changed, appeared houses with 2-3 levels and with numerous rooms.
A truly museum house, which is still lived, is kept in the Sulighete village. This house with an age of over 170 years, is build of wood and covered with straws. It has one room and a little closet in corner.
At the entrance in Sulighete village, on Fornadia’s valley, is found a water mill which is not working anymore, is in a very good state of conservation, this popular technical installation can be repaired and putted in the tourist circuit.
The traditional costume
The same as the majority of the villages in the area also in the villages of Soimus the traditional costume is not worn anymore, it is kept just in the chests of drawers and in the memory of old people. Exception of the above are making the school festivities, and bands of Christmas singers in some villages.
Female Suit- On head the females wore a black scarf with tassels .The shirt made of cloth was crinkled at throat, with a ribbon sewn with string. The shirt had seams on chest, with decorative motives. The sleeve was puffed . The skirt was made of white cloth .Over the shirt females wore a jacket made of silk. Over the skirt, on front and on back, females wore some materials made of wool.
Male Suit- on head men wore in summer a little black hat, and in the winter a fur cap. The shirt and trousers were made of white cloth of hemp, linen or cotton. The collar of the shirt was sewed with black thread, on both sides of shirt’s aperture, on chest, were also black seams. Over the long shirt, men wore a black leather belt were they kept the wallet and the cigarette case. In winter, males wore clogged coats, fastened in side and tick cloak. The trousers made of cloth were changed in winter with wool pants, woven into war, of color white or gray.
On feet female wore boots, and male wore shoes or boots.
Traditions and old habits
Few old habits are still kept in the villages of commune Soimus. In some villages, like Sulighete, at winter holidays- Christmas and New Year- young people, gather in bands and they go from house to house and carol.
Singers repertoire includes over 25 songs, from band, with young people , are part also married men. The band includes 9-10 young people plus the married ones, plus instrumentalists. In second day after Christmas, at community centre have place The Christmas Party attended by the majority of the local community.
A local holiday that entered for many years in tradition is Nedeia, which take place in every village, usually at the local church dedication.
In the villages of commune Soimus the parties take place in these data:
-Boholt- at Inaltarea Domnului (Ispas)
-Balata and Chiscadaga- on first Monday after Easter
-Fornadie- second Monday after Easter
-Bejan- at Saint Petru and Pavel
-Sulighete- at Rusalii
-Soimus- 15 august (Saint Maria)
Regarding the folklore , the most popular dance is “Lina de la Sulighete”