Aunt Margit, Uncle Imre

The origins of the Székely people is heavily debated both by historians and by the Székely people themselves. A commonly accepted idea is that the Székelys are descendants of warrior tribes and they were transplanted to Transylvania by the Hungarians to guard the Eastern frontier.

            The Székely people managed to keep their privileged status until the 16th century. They were considerate nobleman during the middle ages; they did not pay tax but when a new king was crowned, or a prince was born, every Székely family would send an ox as a gift. They often revolted when they felt their traditional privileged endangered.

            Today they are citizens of Romania but they have succeeded in conserving their Székely (and Hungarian) identity.