The Story of ŒMartisor.

Andreea Bonda and Anca Olosutean,12 year

The tradition of the "martisor" is an inheritance from our ancestors. The word "martisor" comes from Latin /martius/ and it represents the popular name for March. The custom is spread all over the country and it begins at the 1st of March ,the first Œold woman Dochia. At the beginning, the Œmartisor was made of a gold or silver coin. The coin was tied with a red and white string and it was worn by children. There was the faith that the one who wore the Œmartisor had luck. The girls wore the Œmartisor until the roses had flowers. Then they took it out and tied the string on branch of a tree and with the coin they bought cheese to have white and beautiful face all summer. The girls made the strings themselves. After a while the coins were replaced with a coloured bead. In some parts of the country the Œmartisor Œ was tied at the hand and it was worn the whole month. The last day of the month at sun rising the girls tied it on tree branches and uttered a wish. In other parts of the country the "martisor" was worn at the kid's neck and then they hung them on trees. There was a saying that if the tree had plenty of fruit the child who wore the Œmartisor had luck. This little "martisor" has remained as a beautiful symbol of spring. To make a Œmartisor has become an art. We give it to the persons we love and, especially to women.

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