Martisor Romania is a Spring celebration held on the first day of March. It is an old tradition; people still preserve all over Romania. Mărțișor [mərt͡siˈʃor] which derives from the Romanian word for March (Martie) is a kind of trinket or amulet. The little Mărțișor includes a silky red-white thread (șnur) tied into a bow to which a small toy is attached.
Thus, the red color refers to the essence of life, and the white one refers to infinite wisdom. If you combine the two of them, the result is a symbolic exchange of two vital forces.
Martisor Romania and its Tradition
In the first place, men offer these symbolic presents to women from 1 March until 8th of March together with flowers and some wishes for having a happy springtime. Everyone says that those who wear these Mărțișor gifts for the entirety of March they will have luck and a prosperous year.
Besides, in the countryside, people used to celebrate Mărțisor by hanging a red and white string at the gate, window, cattle’s horn and shed to protect against evil spirits and to invoke nature’s regenerative power.
No wonder Mărțișor Romania’s celebration has ancient roots. According to archaeological research, the Mărțișor traced its history more than 8,000 years ago. Although some ethnologists believe that the Mărțișor celebration has Roman origins, others support the theory that it is an old Dacian tradition.
Furthermore, in the old times, Mărțișor was an accessory with small river pebbles, colored in white and red, stringed on a thread and worn around the neck. Wearing them like that was supposed to bring good luck and good weather, from March 1 until the first trees would bloom. When the first trees are in blossom, the Mărțișoare hang on tree branches.
We wish you a happy Mărțișor Day and a fantastic spring!
A small Mărțișor and a snowdrop I give you for you to know that spring is here. It is time to smile!
I wish you a spring full of energy, excitement, and joy!
The white thread is health, and the red one is prosperity. May together form a crown of success and joy for you!
Enjoy the sun and the beautiful days of Spring and welcome Mărțișor in your life!
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