Martisor in Moldova in 2021

Martisor in Moldova in 2021

  How long until Martisor?
This holiday next takes place in 155 days.
  Dates of Martisor in Moldova
2022 Moldova Tue, Mar 1 Not A Public Holiday
2021 Moldova Mon, Mar 1 Not A Public Holiday
2020 Moldova Sun, Mar 1 Not A Public Holiday
2019 Moldova Fri, Mar 1 Not A Public Holiday
Martisor is a festival that marks traditional Romanian beginning of Spring
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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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