The Martisor Fair has opened on Saturday, at the Romanian Peasant Museum, being already a tradition, and it will be open every day until 1st of March, from 10.00 to 18.00.
Martisor, Martisug or Mart, a custom of 1st of March mentioned by the ethnologists of the beginning of the 20th century, was present not only at Romanians, but also at Bulgarians or Albanians in the Balkans. This custom was repeated by peasants in every spring debut as a protective sign against diseases and bad luck. The children were tied to a silver coin by hand, with a twisted thread of wool or white and red cotton, to be protected against any disease, and after 12 days, they were tying it in a tree to have a fruitful tree, while cows were tied to a red and white thread to be healthy and fruitful. Taken over by the urban world and becoming a fashion, the cotton thread became a silver or golden thread, worn as a necklace and as an ornament, put on the chest, received as a souvenir, and recently as a gift, the story of Martisor survives in various forms up to the present, from the simple thread twisted in red and white, to the virtual martisor.
The story of Martisor began at the Peasant Museum 15 years ago or even earlier. Youngsters, students, artists, craftsmen and, in the recent years, designers and architects, have shaped over the time the peculiarity of this event whose main expression is the creativity accompanied by an overwhelming imagination and by the ludic sense. The fair created for the Bucharest public an offer that is rich by the uniqueness, inventiveness and variety of the martisor products, succeeding to sketch new forms of urban mythology that are useful, as a source of inspiration, to the peasant world and mythology, or imagine new forms of creativity: from the handmade and recycled object that uses natural materials which became classic, to the mark of a contemporary design, cartoon or characters and imagined signs on a multitude of unconventional materials.
A with and red thread of silk, wood and cotton, newspaper paper, seeds, felt, fimo paste, ornaments, clay, clock wheels, metal, computer keys, synthetic resin, ceramics, glass, enamel, silver, wood, stone and flowers, embroidery sheet, beads and as many techniques and styles as the mentioned materials, make the Martisor Fair to be a story not to be missed, as every time.
Along with the participants invited to the fir, as every year, there are schools, foundations, associations, organizations performing humanitarian actions for children and offering support for disadvantaged categories.
Being already a traditional accessory of the Martisor Fair, the gastronomic offer comes with products that are closer and closer to the concept of the natural cuisine, regardless of the fact that the represented region is a rural or an urban one: gingerbread, homemade cookies, sponge cakes and other pastries – Bucovina, Alexandria, Baia Mare and Buzau, honey, sweets – Ilfov, tea and medicinal herbs from Dambovita.