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Mărțișor – March 1, 2023

Mărțișor is celebrated on March 1 in Romania and other territories where Romanians live. The holiday celebrates the end of the dreary winter months and the beginning of spring.
Mărțișor is derived from the word ‘Mart’ an old folk word for March, literally meaning ‘little March.’

History of Mărțișor

In Romania, Mărțișor symbolizes the arrival of spring, and it is celebrated every year on the first day of March. At the core of this holiday is the martisoare, a red and white interwoven band that is named after the holiday. Those who wear it are believed to be protected by the magical powers of this band.

In Ancient Rome, New Year’s Eve was celebrated on the first day of March or ‘Martius.’ The month was named after the god Mars as a sign of honor. Mars was the safeguarder of agriculture and the god of war, ensuring the rebirth of nature after wartime or the changing seasons. One possible explanation for the colors of the martisor is the color representation of war and peace.

The origin of the Romanian celebration is unknown, but evidence of its earliest existence dates back to the Thracians. The martisoare is also prominent in other cultures such as the traditional Bulgarian holiday Baba Marta.

Markets are scoured by men to find the most beautiful and intricately woven martisoare for their ladies, while the latter is eager to pin them and show them off. Whether or not martisoare are still lucky, its reputation as a fashion accessory is stronger than ever.

Mărțișor timeline

8,000 Years Ago
Timeless Mărțișor

Although it was not the first celebration, Mărțișor is already celebrated at this time.

10th Century B.C.
The Thracians Era

The earliest existing evidence of Mărțișor dates back to this period.

1920s
A Great Leader

Bulgarian writer Nikolay Raynov links the tradition of Mărțișor to the seventh-century ruler of the Bulgars, Khan Asparukh.

2022
New Year in Spring

In some areas, Daco-Romanians celebrate the agrarian New Year on March 1.

Mărțișor FAQs

Which countries have Mărțișor?

Mărțișor is celebrated throughout Romania and in territories inhabited by Romanians.

Who celebrates Mărțișor?

Mărțișor is an old celebration that is celebrated on March 1 every year by Romanians around the world.

What do you say on Mărțișor?

Here are some wishes you can give on Mărțișor: Wishing you a spring full of excitement, prosperity, and joy; The white thread is for good health, and the red one is for success and prosperity. Together, may they create a crown of protection and success for you; Have a great Mărțișor! Enjoy the warm sun and the beautiful days of spring.

Mărțișor Activities

  1. Give traditional gifts

    Buy a red and white martisor and give it to your friends and family members as a gesture of love, friendship, and respect. They’ll surely appreciate it!

  2. Host a dinner party

    Celebrate the end of the winter doldrums and the arrival of spring with a grand feast for your friends and family. It’s sure to be fun!

  3. Do some spring cleaning

    Since spring is here, you might as well do some spring cleaning and spruce up your space. What are you waiting for?

5 Lesser-Known Facts About Martisoare

  1. A sign of unity

    At first, martisoare was made with black and white woolen threads, linking the opposite seasons of summer and winter.

  2. The Dacians wore martisoare

    Daco-Romanians wore martisoare made of red and white stones around their neck.

  3. The meaning behind the colors

    Red symbolizes a woman, while white represents the wisdom of men, creating harmony between the two.

  4. Martisoare were considered magical

    The Dacians believed martisoare had healing properties for sun exposure, as well as enhancing fertility.

  5. Mărțișor is also celebrated in Bulgaria

    In Bulgaria, it is called Martenitsa and the same mărțișore are worn on the holiday.

Why We Love Mărțișor

  1. It is a bustling, very special time of the year

    Every village, town, and city in Romania comes alive for spring with colorful stalls and the striking colors of martisoare everywhere. We love it!

  2. The luxurious martisoare is on display

    Martisoare can be customized, and there are unique and colorful designs available. It is up to your imagination and the message you want to send, but the beautiful accessory is timeless and has unparalleled charm.

  3. It celebrates the revival of nature

    Mărțișor marks the arrival of spring or the rebirth of nature. It is time to see the rich vivid colors of spring everywhere and enjoy the warmth of the season.

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