“We have been together for over 25 years and the most beautiful martisor for me remains a bouquet of snowdrops like on our first March 1st,” the President wrote on his Facebook page.
“On Martisor, I wish all ladies a beautiful spring full of joy (and us all to get rid of the long winter in our hearts and minds!),” Premier Victor Ponta wrote on his Facebook page, attaching a picture in which he appears alongside his wife Daciana, their daughter and his mother.
Also on Sunday, former president Traian Basescu posted on his Facebook page a photo of spring flowers, accompanied by the message “A martisor for the ladies!”
1 March: customs and traditions on Martisor
Romanians celebrate the arrival of spring in a unique way on the first day of March. According to the old Roman calendar, March 1st was the first day of the year and the date of the “Matronalia” holiday that celebrated Mars, the god of nature, spring and agriculture.
Every year on March 1 we regain hope, optimism, belief in betterment and prosperity in everything. March is the moment when people start to look for the first snowdrops, a sign of the true arrival of spring. Now cold starts to mix with sunshine, darkness with light and life, spring and sun prevail after a long winter with heavy snow. This triumph of rebirth and regeneration is invoked through the Martisor trinket we gift to those dear to us, as a small sign of our wish for them to be happy and lucky, according to traditii.ro.
What is the Martisor trinket?
Its significance has remained the same throughout time: it’s a symbol of spring, of the return of life. It brings optimism and faith. Its form changed with time. At first it was a coin. Later it appeared in the form of small river pebbles painted white and red and placed on a string. Now those have been replaced by beautifully colored beads, ceramic and flowers.
According to other sources, the Martisor trinket was originally a gold or silver coin to which a piece of string made up of two coiled threads, one red and the other white (or white and black), was attached, symbolizing the fight of life against death, of health against disease. The trinket was generally worn by sensitive persons (children and young girls). There is the belief that this amulet brings luck and happiness.
In popular belief, the Martisor trinket symbolizes the rope of the year, representing the 365 days of a year. The white and red colors symbolize the two opposite seasons – winter and summer – old traditional societies considering only these two as mainstay seasons, spring and autumn being considered only seasons of transit, according to copilul.ro.