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.
O zi buna!