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Csango Culture and Lifestyle

Photographer: Peter Kollanyi


The Csango people are an ethnic Hungarian group of Roman Catholic faith, living mostly in the Romanian region of Moldavia where they moved from Transylvania between the 12th and 17th century.


Their traditional language, Csango, is an old Hungarian dialect which is still in use among the ethnical minority, though a large part of the Csango people also speaks Romanian. About 240,000 Csango people live in Moldavia region, in Romania. The number of the Hungarian language speakers among them is estimated at about 60,000 people.


Over the Catholic Easter Weekend they take part in several customs and traditions. A traditional funeral also takes place.