Mărțișor: tradition

Mărțișor is an old tradition celebrated all over Romania every year, on March 1st.

1_martie_martisor_flori_00111600.jpgFrom: Romania natural and cultural


The name Mărțișor is a diminutive of March (Martie in Romanian).

MartisorIt is believed that the person who wears the red and white string would enjoy a prosperous and healthy year.

Not long ago, in the countryside, people used to celebrate the Martisor by hanging a red and white string at their the gate, window, cattle’s horn and shed to protect against evil spirits and to invoke nature’s regenerative power.

In eastern Romania,

In eastern Romania (Moldova and Bucovina), the red and white string was complemented with a small – gold or silver – coin. After wearing the coin for twelve days, the women would buy fresh cheese with it hopping that their skin would be healthy and beautiful the entire year.

According to archaeological research,

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 ancient Rome, the New Year’s was celebrated on the 1st of March.
March (‘Martius’) was named in the honor of the god Mars. Mars was not only the god of war but also the god of agriculture, which contributes to the rebirth of vegetation.

The Dacians also celebrated the New Year’s on the first day of March. Ample spring celebrations were consecrated to this event.

In the old times,

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 were flowering the Mărțișor were hanged on tree branches.


Nowadays, on March 1, Romanians buy silky red-white threads (șnur) tied into a bow to which a small trinket is attached and offer them to their (female) family members, friends and colleagues to show friendship, respect or admiration.

From: Romania natural and cultural

I wish I could send

Author: Traian Dorz

I wish I could send to you
full of song,
of light,
The Truth of Divine Beauty
wrapped into serene joys:
wonderful, loved and eternal Martisor.

I wish my hand would put it down,
not on your heart, but there-deep in it,
as beautiful and clean to keep it,
like a sun shining to enlighten you
and make your life happy!

That Truth is a wonderful adornment
more priced than any amulet
which never gets old
and more and more blessed
and more and more expensive, year after year.

And on Happy Thanksgiving Day
when we see the eternal rise,
when like the thousands of brilliant stars
brilliant hearts will shine,
the wondrous waves adorned.

– Among them and your soul to spring up
wonderful and blessed,
shining like the first day of spring
on the beautiful breeze of heaven, treasure,
a clean,
and eternally Martisor!

Original in Romanian

Aș dori să pot trimite

Autor: Traian Dorz

Aș dori să pot trimite pentru tine
plin de cîntec,
de lumină
și de dor,
Adevărul Frumuseților Divine
împletit în bucuriile senine:
minunat, iubit și veșnic mărțișor.

Și-aș dori ca mîna mea să-ți așeze
nu pe inimă
ci-acolo-adînc în ea,
ca frumoasă și curată s-o păstreze,
ca un soare luminat să-ți lumineze
și să-ți facă fericită viața ta!

Că-Adevărul e podoaba minunată
mai de preț decît oricare talisman
care nu se învechește niciodată
și din ce în ce-i mai binecuvîntată
și din ce în ce-i mai scumpă, an de an.

Iar în Ziua Răsplătirii fericite
cînd vedea-vom Veșnicia răsărind,
cînd ca miile de stele strălucite
străluci-vor inimile preaiubite,
cerurile minunat împodobind.

- Printre ele și-al tău suflet să răsară
minunat și binecuvîntat odor,
strălucind ca prima zi de primăvară
pe frumosul sîn a Cerului, comoară,
un curat,
și veșnic mărțișor!


-pictures from internet-           „Heart’s  voice !” …with Roxana B.


8 gânduri despre “Mărțișor: tradition

  1. Minunate gânduri de martisor, în versuri izvorâte din Izvor.

    Un vesnic martisor si primavara,
    sa germineze-n inima-ti curata,
    pace si har, iubire si lumina clara,
    si fericirea sa îti fie a ta soarta…

    Bucuria primaverii sa-ti fie înnoita zi de zi, draga Roxana !

    Apreciat de 1 persoană

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