Saturday, March 02, 2013

Spring heralds

        Yesterday was 1st of March, dear ones ("we all know that, duh!", I'm sure it's crossing your minds right now).
        What not so many people might know is that 1st of March is an old Romanian celebration of the beginning of Spring, and according to the old calendar was also considered the beginning of the new year.
        "Mărțișor" as we call it, means "little March" and symbolically, it is correlated to women and fertility as a means of life and continuity and on this special day, people share red and white strings, wrapped up together, from which a small decoration is tied (a gold or silver coin hangs on the string, on some regions), and it is believed that the one who wears the red and white string will be strong and healthy for the year to come. Women used to wear those for the first 12 days of March.
        In time though, the little March lost most of its "talisman" properties and became more of a symbol of friendship or love, appreciation and respect, so these days we share with our loved ones and friends, both females and males, flowers, the red and white strings, small presents and most importantly, people smile a little bit more today. That's the biggest achievement if you ask me.

I am a big plant and flowers lover so I could only see one option for this special day. Flowers!
I got this lovely bouquet for my little niece's kindergarten teacher

these pretty pots for my little sis and my mom

and these bracelets symbolizing the red and white strings for Sofi's girlfriends at the kindergarten as I was afraid they would take the flowers as candy :)

                 And ever since I've spotted this dude in my mommy's pocket, I kept praying to be my "little March".  The horseshoe brings luck, that's what they say. 

Yes, it's mine! God listen even to shameful sinners sometimes.

May the Spring always be in your hearts!

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