The tradition to celebrate the Days of Ungheni City was born in 2002, when the City Hall decided to officially mark 540 years since the first documentary attestation of the locality. For seven consecutive years, the Days of the City were held between 20th and 25th August, and on 12th September was celebrated the Patron of the City.
The first edition of the Festival “Hora from Prut” was held on April 29- 2010, the International Dance Day. It was a premiere for Moldova, because were present all genres of dance. The Festival was attended by 15 dance collectives from Moldova. The second year already turned into an international festival attended by music and dance teams from 7 countries: Romania, Greece, Poland, Latvia, Ukraine, Russia and Republic of Moldova.
A road lined by nuts, a smooth road, asphalted, lead us to a location visited decades ago, by the senior state officials. Here was once the general secretary of the Communist Party of the former Soviet Union, Leonid Brezhnev. Here was passed and another communist activist – the dictator Kim Ir-sen, who led North Korea for 46 years. At the “White House” from Ungheni arrived also Alexei Kosygin, the Prime Minister of the RSSU from 1964 until 1980, and Ion Iliescu, Romania’s President.
The Harvest and Promotion of National Traditions Holiday is held annually in October , in the Independence Square in Ungheni City. The Festival is attended by the localities of Ungheni District with exhibitions like: “Big House”, “Old Cellar”, “The yard of the householder”, “At the cellar’s mouth”, popular crafts, processing and wine production attributes, national dishes, wine and agricultural production.
District Festival of winter customs and traditions “After the ancient tradition” is held annually since 1986, in December, in the Independence Square in Ungheni City. It aims to promote the habits and customs of winter. At the Festival participate amateur artistic groups from the localities of the district of Ungheni.
(Folk Festival, scientific symposium, exhibitions, book launches)
This Festival is organized in memory of the folklorist Efim Junghietu, born in the village Petresti, Ungheni District, laureate of the Simion Florea Marian premium of the Romanian Academy for the work “How is Maramures”.
Efim Junghietu (born on 18.10.1939- Petresti, Ungheni, died on 15.01.1993, Chisinau) is asserted as folklorist in three basic directions: the collection of folk, his scientific editing and the studying of ethno-folkloric heritage.
At the edge of the village Rădenii Vechi, on a hilltop, stands for more than a century, an obelisk, called by locals “The Pillar of Sfetlici” or “The Pillar of Potiomkin” and by historians – “The Monument of Potiomkin from Taurida”. In the work of the historian George Bezviconi “Russian Travelers in Moldavia and Muntenia”, published in Bucharest in 1947, we can read with reference to this monument: “On 30 verses from Iasi, is a monument built of rough stone, rised by Catherine the Great and the Prince Potiomkin.
The legend tells us that around the village Semeni, at a distance of less than 10 kilometers from Ungheni, centuries ago, would have met the Moldavian ruler Dimitrie Cantemir and the Russian Tsar Peter I. Here was dug a table where the boyars ate. The locals call it the Turks table. Or even easier – Zamkă.
With an altitude of 387.6 meters, the Magura Mound can be seen from afar, soaring towering in her mysterious loneliness. Not incidentally, the ancestors called it Magura, which means, according to the Explanatory Dictionary of Romanian language, “large hill, isolated”. Until the second world war, there came the surrounding people, to mark the various religious holidays.