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Stories and thoughts about my time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova

Mărțișor

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March 1st celebrated Mărțișor in Moldova.  In Moldova and Romania this is considered the 1st day of Spring.  Literally Mărțișor means “little March.”  Small trinket with the colors red and white are given and worn on people coats for a certain number of days.  (Usually 10-14 days).  The color red represents love for all that is beautiful and the blood of brave young men, and the white represents purity, good health and the snowdrop, the first flower of Spring.

I was given 2 Mărțișor pins.  One from my host mom and the other from my work partner.  In our language and cultural sessions we learned about one of the different Romanian legends that said there once was a fight with the winter witch and lady spring.  The winter witch didn’t want to give up its place and lady spring cut her finger and a few drops of blood fell on the snow, and the snow melted, and Spring won over Winter.

ImageThis week we will celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th.

O zi buna!

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Author: Mary O

Hi, I'm Mary. I am orignally from Spokane Wash., where I lived for 20 years of my life. I went to school in Bellingham Wash, at Western Washington University and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. In June 2011, I moved to Moldova for the Peace Corps. In the Peace Corps, I am an Agribusiness and Rural Development Volunteer, and live in a town called Riscani, which is about 3 hours northwest of the capital city. I love Moldova, but there are somedays where I really miss all my friends and family in the States! Email me if you have more questions!

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