Martisor, Martisug or Mart, a tradition of March 1 recorded by the ethnologists of the beginning of the 20th century, was present not only at Romanians, but also at Bulgarians and Albanians in the Balkans. The tradition was repeated by peasants at every beginning of spring as a protective sign against diseases or misfortune.
Children’s hands were tied to a silver coin which had a twisted wool or white and red cotton cord, to protect them from diseases; after 12 days, they were hanging the coin to a tree, to be a fruitful tree. Cows were tied to a red and white cord, also to be healthy and fruitful. Taken by the urban world and transformed into fashion, the cotton cord that has become a silver or gold cord, worn as a necklace and ornament, held at the chest , received as a souvenir, or more recently as a gift, the Martisor story survives in various forms until our days, from the simple cord twisted in red and white, to the virtual Martisor.
For more than 15 years, the Romanian Peasant Museum tells the story of Martisor in many ways. 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 use, as a source of inspiration, 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.
The participants that are invited to the fair, which takes place this year from February 27 to March 3, are joined, as every year, by several 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.