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Martisor

Updated: Apr 8, 2021

The first post is also the reason why I started making this site: Martisorul (march amulet)

Martisor is an amulet tied to a string woven from a white and a red thread, which appears in the tradition of Romanians and neighboring populations. It is worn on the left hand or in the chest, for almost the entire month of March, after which it is tied to the budded branch of a fruit tree, in order to bring abundance into the house.

In the popular belief, the Mărţişor has a magical, protective function in an important time threshold - spring and a festive function, which marks an important date in the popular calendar, being nicknamed Spring Head. It has a special emotional significance, of sharing the joy of the beginning of spring and of communicating the affection for the people who are given the martisor.

The origins of martisor are not known exactly, but its presence in both Romanians and Bulgarians is considered to be due to the common Daco-Thracian substratum. The feast of martisor is also found at Aromanians, Megleno-Romanians, as well as Macedonians.

Martisor was inscribed by UNESCO, in 2017, in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

(Bibliography: Wikipedia, National Heritage Institute)





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