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January 17, 2022

Martisor tradition, celebrated in Brussels within Romania, Bulgaria, R. of Moldova jointly organised event

The Martisor (March lucky charm) tradition was celebrated in Belgium’s capital in an event jointly organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute of Brussels and the Embassies of the Republic of Moldova and Bulgaria, Agerpres informs. The event devoted to Martisor was held on Friday evening, at the headquarters of the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova to Belgium, and the organisers took the occasion to make a symbolic connection with the vote on Thursday in the European Parliament on the liberalisation of the visa regime for the Moldovan citizens.
Robert Adam, ICR Brussels Director, said that the event organised at the headquarters of the Republic of Moldova was an initiative gathering both public institutions and the civil society, namely the Belgian-Romanian Arthis cultural association and Orpheus Bulgarian association.
Doina Isfanoni, ethnologist researcher at ‘Dimitrie Gusti’ National Village Museum of Bucharest, said that the Martisor was still a live tradition in Romania, the Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Greece. ‘It is a cultural tradition marking the first day of March as symbol of spring,’ Doina Isfanoni said.
She mentioned that the Martisor, besides a magic talisman, is also ‘an expression of the germinal power of the Moon, as we all know that in the beginning of this period the Moon is getting full and its magnetism is the one that develops and makes the earth, the living creatures. Doina Isfanoni said a file was submitted to UNESCO to include the Martisor on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The evening devoted to the Martisor tradition was completed by folk dances performed by the members of Orhpeus Bulgarian association and by a pan-pipe music recital given by Raluca Patuleanu.

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