Mărţişor is the traditional celebration of the beginning of the spring in Romania and Moldova, on 1 March. The day's name is the diminutive of March (in Romanian Martie), and thus means something like "little" or "dear March". Nowadays, men offer women a talisman
object also called Mărţişor
, consisting of a jewel or a small decoration like a flower, an animal, etc., tied to a red and white string.
Mărţişor is the symbol of spring and also a celebration on the first of March. Its beginnings are still a mystery, but it is usually said that it originated in Rome, because New Year's Eve was celebrated on the 1st of March, the month of the god Mars. He was the god of agriculture and signified the rebirth of nature. For the Thracians, Marsyas-Silen, whose cult was related to the vegetation and the land, had the same attributes. The flower and nature celebrations were consecrated to him.
It is said that the Mărţişor originated from the Ancient Roman culture, where March (Martius) was the month of the war god Mars with a double role: both protector of agriculture and of war. This duality of symbols is kept in the colours of the Mărţişor: white and red, meaning peace and war (it might also symbolize winter and spring). This custom can be found in all areas where Romanians live. Bulgarians also have an almost identical tradition on the 1 March, called "Martenitsa".
Infos from and more details on Wikipedia
I received quite a few Mărţişoare today. From my colleagues. I can't stop smiling, as the sun is trying hard to defeat the clouds. Spring is finally here! Time to celebrate it!
Virtual Martisoare received today from Ryan
This one is from Sim
Labels: Martisor, Romania, Romanian Holidays, Romanian Traditions, Spring