So, the Romanian tradition of "Martisor" has been traced in the Roman and Daco-Thracian origins, according to many archaeological researches. Both nations used to celebrate New Year's Eve on 1 March. The Thracian name of "March/ Martie" was given after the "Marsyas Siles" - god of land and vegetation, the inventor of flute / fluier / traditional musical instrument. The Roman name of "March / Martie" was given after the god "Mars" - god of wars and the agriculture.
Traditionally, Martisors have been given by men to the children, young girls and women in their lives, who then wear the martisor pinned to their blouses or tied around their necks or on their left hands. They may be only a small bouquet of spring flowers "snow drops/ ghiocei" or "Narcissus/ Narcise", a heart, a shell, a lucky chimney sweeps, four-leaf clover or horseshoes talismans, small medallions or coins twisted with red-and-white threads.
|Old Romanian Coin - Martisor, my lucky talisman|
Traditionally they are worn for the first 12 days of March (or in some regions, until May 1st, at the feast of "Arminden"), than the treads may be tied to a blossoming spring tree or blossoming spring flower to pay homage to the nature and with the belief that all the wishes would come true. The talisman is kept the whole year and would protect the person and bring good luck to the whole house in the next coming year.
Although the weather looks more like winter, let me offer a virtual Martisor, an Amulet of Spring and Friendship, to all RomaniaMagicLand readers and wish you a beautiful Spring!