I remember 1 December 2012 in Chisinau, it was as if spring was starting. Fortunately also 1 March was like that, especially because in Moldova they celebrate the 1st of March with Martisor.
What is Martistor?
Martisor is a Romanian/ Moldavian tradition to celebrate the start of spring. People wish each other happy spring and give each other a coursage in red-white colours. You wear the pin charms on your left, close to your hart.
|Many different martisors|
Plusieurs différents types de martisors
|I also got a martisor:)|
moi aussi j’ai recu un martisor
A little bit of history about this tradition
The tradition origins from the Tracians/ Dacians/ Getae (Romanian ancestors). They celebrated ‘dachia dragobete’ (end of winter). The pin charms that they made were like an amulet. Nowadays it is more about showing your love to the people who are dear to you. People used to wear the talisman until the trees started to flower. Then they hang the pin charms in the tree branches after that point. It is still a tradition to hang your martisor at the end of march in a fruit tree. See also moldova.org.
Congratulated with women's day
Another day that is celebrated in Moldova, but also in Ukraine and Russia, is International Women’s day. It is a public holiday here and women get flowers and are congratulated with women’s day.
|Flower for women's day|
Des fleurs pour la journée de la femme