Martisor Romania is a Spring celebration held on the first day of March. It is an old tradition that still preserved 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 trinket is attached.
Martisor Romania and its Tradition
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. It is said that those who wear these Mărțișor gifts all the month (March) they will have luck and a prosperous year.
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.
Mărțișor Romania’s celebration has ancient roots. According to archaeological research, the Mărțișor traces its history more than 8,000 years ago. Some ethnologists believe that the Mărțișor celebration has Roman origins, others support the theory that it is an old Dacian tradition.
In the old times, Mărțișor were made of small river pebbles, colored in white and red, stringed on a thread and worn around the neck. They were worn 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 are hanged on tree branches.
A small Mărțișor and a snowdrop I give you for you to know that spring is here. It is time to smile!
A spring full of energy, excitement, and joy!
White thread is health, and the red one is prosperity. Together they will form for you a crown of success and joy.
Enjoy the sun and the beautiful days of Spring and welcome Mărțișor in your life!