Martisor around the world in 2025

Martisor around the world in 2025
  How long until Martisor?
  Dates of Martisor around the world
2025 Various Mar 1
MoldovaSat, Mar 1Not A Public Holiday
RomaniaSat, Mar 1Not A Public Holiday
2024 Various Mar 1
MoldovaFri, Mar 1Not A Public Holiday
RomaniaFri, Mar 1Not A Public Holiday
2023 Various Mar 1
MoldovaWed, Mar 1Not A Public Holiday
RomaniaWed, Mar 1Not A Public Holiday
2022 Various Mar 1
MoldovaTue, Mar 1Not A Public Holiday
RomaniaTue, Mar 1Not A Public Holiday
2021 Various Mar 1
MoldovaMon, Mar 1Not A Public Holiday
RomaniaMon, Mar 1Not A Public Holiday

Martisor is a festival that marks traditional Romanian beginning of Spring

  Which countries observe Martisor in 2025?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday
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When is Martisor?

This holiday is always celebrated on March 1st. It is not a public holiday but is widely observed in Romania and parts of Moldova. In Romanian, it is known as 'Mărțișor' meaning 'little March'. Martisor celebrates the traditional first day of spring.

History of Martisor

March gets its name from the Roman Martius, which was Latin for Mars, the Greek god of war.

In Roman times, New Year was celebrated on March 1st. In addition to his military role, Mars was also an agricultural deity, so having Mars mark the onset of spring and the start of the new year was fitting.

The date of March 1st as New Year is also said to have used by the Dacians, the tribe who were ancient inhabitants of Romania and Moldova, so the customs of Martisor may predate its Roman name.

The most common tradition associated with this festival is the Martisor, which are red and white threads tied in a bow and attached to a small trinket. The Martisor will be on sale in every town and village and they are bought as gifts for the female family members. The red is said to represent summer (heat) and the white is winter (cold) with the combination marking the turning point in the season.

The Martisor is worn by women throughout March as it is believed they bring strength and health in the coming year. At the end of March, the Martisor threads are tied on a branch of a fruit tree as that is supposed to bring wealth and prosperity.

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