Maria Drăgan was a famous singer from Bălăurești who died unexpectedly at the age of 39. Every two years on her birthday the village puts on a singing festival in her memory. People come from all over Moldova and even Romania to watch and participate. Flowers are laid at her graveside to officially start the festival. The singing competition lasts all day. Literally, from noon to about nine. Then dinner is served for guests, judges, singers, and distinguished members of the community.

The women who are employed by the Mayor’s office cooked for two days straight to prepare for the guests. Moldovans treat their guests with the absolute best they have to offer.