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Their reputation of lucky charms might be long gone, but their design seems more eye-catching than ever. Offering this trinket or talisman is an old custom, symbol of the coming spring and it is believed that his or her bearer will be strong and healthy for the rest of the year. Martisor is also the name of the trinket with the red and white string with hanging tassel customarily given on the 1st day of March.

Keep in mind that anyone can view public collections - they may also appear in recommendations and other places. And Dragon took the beautiful maiden who frolicked in the waters, had garlands of flowers in her hair and over her bosom, and chased rainbows. Although all these small items are special in their own way, some martisoare have remained more popular among Romanians, mainly due to what they represent. Although women usually receive a symbolic mărțișor from men, in some areas of the country, men also receive mărțișoare.

On this day, and even until March 8, men offer women martisoare - small symbolic items tied with a red and white entwined cord, as a sign of respect and love. The first day of March brings with it a host of customs and traditions of Martisor -(trinket ) , a festival dedicated to the brink of spring renewal time. During the time that Sun had turned himself into a maiden, and darkness had covered earth, snow fell too. However, everything can become a mărțișor if you don’t forget to tie the red and white string to it.

However, giving a little nickel tied to a red and white string is an old custom and was originally designated for both men and women. Girls and boys were gifted with this special thread on the 1st of March, before the sun showed its face up on the sky. The winter coat hanging in the closet and the little birds tweeting at my window in the morning, along with the bright rays of sun falling tenderly over the buzzing city streets on March 1st, have always been my first day of spring.As of 2017 the cultural practices associated to the 1st of March are included on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, UNESCO. By now it was pitch dark for the sun was still not shining, and all humans were mourning, their wailing having replaced the song of birds and the singing of streams. Some older traditions held it should be worn from the first new moon of March until next significant holiday for the local community, which could be anywhere between 9 March and 1 May, or until first tree flowers blossomed, depending on the area. The fight was short, a sword against a claw, a good heart against a wicked one, an honest mind against a twisted one, and surprisingly (but not to me and I hope that not to you either) Braveheart won.

And the Sun shone again, the humans were happy again, children played once more, flowers bloomed, rainbows formed bridges, and birds flew underneath ad over them. General explanations have been given by the observers of the tradition for the object's appearance: the strings are believed to represent "funia anului" - the year's "rope", intertwining summer and winter, [7] the pendant symbolized fortune and wealth, or, like a talisman, brought and preserved good health and beauty to the wearer.Part of the UNESCO cultural heritage, the tradition of 1 March, Martisor, and its symbolism, are a millennial tradition in Romania. Day after day, from the height of its balcony in the sky, Sun poured its life-giving light onto the earth.

Later these ornaments were shaped to resemble various images such as four-leaf clover, ladybug, snowdrop etc.The word Martisor is the diminutive of martie, the Romanian name for March, and thus literally means “little March”.

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