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From The Archives // Mărțișor {Welcoming In Spring}

Martisor / Martisoare | From Dill To Dracula www.FromDillToDracula.com

Hello, and welcome to my first From The Archives post! And it’s a timely one. Last year—not around March, mind you—I couldn’t resist sharing one of my favorite Romanian traditions: the mărțișor. Since we’re now days away from March, I’m excited to re-share this post, and re-introduce this tradition to those who hadn’t seen in the first time.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoy this sweet spring activity 🙂

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{Galerie} Winter in Romania

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header via Augustin Lazaroiu

Sometimes words just don’t do a beauty justice.

Most of the time I hate everything about winter—the snow, the cold, the gloomy gray—but there’s something magical about how winter transforms Romania. It’s straight out of a fairytale, and I’m ready for my story to begin.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s some visual reading material 😉
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Mărțișor {Welcoming In Spring}

Martisor / Martisoare | From Dill To Dracula www.FromDillToDracula.com

One of the traditions I remember most growing up, although never having participated in, is the mărțișor (pronounced mart-e-shore), which translates to little March (martie meaning March in Romanian). Beginning on March 1st, and continuing through the month, the mărțișoare are handed out to women (and, in some regions, men, as well).  The mărțișoare is a thin, red and white cord, sometimes with a little charm affixed to it. Those without a charm are meant to be worn on the wrist, as a way to herald in Spring. Even though we’re well past March, I like to wear my mărțișoare as a piece of jewelry. It reminds me of Romania and is a great conversational opportunity  to share this unknown cultural treasure with others. 🙂 The charms each have a special meaning, for instance, a chimney sweep is said to bring good luck to those who you meet on your way.
Funny meaning for a chimney sweep, huh? But sweet, nonetheless.

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