In Romania, we celebrate Spring early

I love March! It’s a time when seasons change, the sun appears again and I get two chances to get gifts! 🙂 At least in Romania, that is.

On 1st March we celebrate the beginning of Spring! That’s cool, as it’s an optimistic act and all women get a small token, like a little charm that is very cutely decorated with a red and white thread. This little charm is called Martisor.

A simple example

Wikipedia has a very good explanation: 

Symbolically, it is correlated to women and to fertility as a means of life and continuity. The name Mărțișor is the diminutive of marț, the old folk name for March (Martie, in modern Romanian), and thus literally means “little March”.

Why am I particularly happy with this today? Well, living in Belgium and having a limited number of Romanian friends doesn’t help with celebrating it. But today, I got one and I think I’ve never been so happy to receive one. It’s a piece of home, a piece of lovely memories and familiarities. Sometimes, I get homesick (not so often and very bad 🙂 and small things like this can brighten a day.  For not, I’m glad with my pretty Martisor.

I'm all Martisor today 🙂

So, today I’m wearing my own Martisor decoration and I’m very happy with it. I also got the real thing and I proudly attached it to my board at work.

Second reason why March is cool is that on 8th March, in Romania, we also celebrate woman’s day. Ladies get flowers, chocolate, any small gift is welcome. This is the case for many parts of the world, but not everywhere. For example, woman’s day in Latin America is celebrated at the beginning of December.

This year I’ll be in Romania for 8th March and I’m excited I can offer my mom some flowers and a nice box of Belgian chocolates myself for the first time in 5 years or so. I am excited to be there and feel these local (some not so local) celebrations ad enjoy them with my close family and friends. Plus, I love receiving flowers and gifts just because I’m a girl 🙂

Thank you Gabriela (my colleague) for this lovely surprise 🙂


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