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One of these ancient traditions in the "Martisor".
“Martisor” calendar is represented symbolically by a bicolor cord, split in two seasons, winter and summer ( white = winter ; red = summer ), made a gift to March 1, Dochia’s day, ancient start of the agricultural year. The legend of the Martisor says that Baba Dochia was going through the woods with the sheep and she founded an apple and she made a “ borta” and tied with a thread attached. This action happens in a day of March 1 and then the habit expanded.
The Martisor is offered early morning on the first day of March; it used to be worn for 9-12 days, sometimes until the first tree would bloom when it was hung on a flowering branch to bring good luck to its bearer.
The day’s name is the diminutive of March and thus means something like “little” or “dear March”.
Martisorul significance remained the same over time: it is a symbol of spring, the return to life. It brings optimism and faith. Its form has changed over time.
The Martisor was a present that Romanians sent to each other on the first day of March, traditionally a gold coin suspended on a white-and-red braided thread with a silk tassel. The recipient used to wear it around his neck until he would see a blooming rose and the present was then placed on its branch; in this way Spring was poetically welcomed. .
In the villages of Transilvania, the red-and-white wool yarn Martisor was pinned on gates, windows, sheepfolds, tied around the horns of cattle, around the handle of buckets to protect from the evil eye and malefic spirits; it was believed that the red "color of life" could be an inducer of vitality and regeneration.
Later appear as small river stones painted white and red strung on a thread. Now beautifully colored beads, pottery and embroidered flowers have taken place..
Bulgarians also have a similar but not identical holiday on March 1, called "Martenitsa”. If and how these two holidays are related is still a matter of debate between ethnologists.