UNESCO: 1st of March

Cultural practices associated to the 1st of March

Romanian spring tradition included on UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list

The tradition of Martisor is one of the most important local spring traditions. Celebrated on March 1, Martisorul marks the changing of seasons. Men usually offer women martisoare (opening picture) – small symbolic items tied with a red and white entwined cord – between March 1 and March 8, as a sign of respect and love. Some women choose to wear the martisor all March as it is believed that the one who wears the red and white string will be strong and healthy in the year to come. On the last day of March, they tie the red and white string to a branch of a fruit tree, as this is said to bring wealth.

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