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Mărțișor in Romania

Romanians celebrate Mărțișor on March 1 to welcome the spring time and appreciate life.

Is Mărțișor a Public Holiday?

Mărțișor is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, March 1, 2020 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in Romania.

Mărțișor trinkets in Romania.


Celebrate Mărțișor

Red and white threads, known as “șnur” in Romanian, are tied to small gifts to be given to friends and family members. These symbolize friendship and appreciation.

Public Life

Mărțișor is an observance and not a public holiday in Romania.

About Mărțișor

Some say that Mărțișor celebrations date back to as far as 8000 years ago. It is believed that the celebration stems from Roman origins, while others claim that it is a tradition of the Dacians, an ancient group of people who lived in and around the Carpathian Mountains and west of the Black Sea. Both the Romans and Dacians celebrated New Year’s Day in early March, which also marked the start of the spring season in the northern hemisphere.

Mărțișor Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015SunMar 1MărțișorObservance
2016TueMar 1MărțișorObservance
2017WedMar 1MărțișorObservance
2018ThuMar 1MărțișorObservance
2019FriMar 1MărțișorObservance
2020SunMar 1MărțișorObservance
2021MonMar 1MărțișorObservance
2022TueMar 1MărțișorObservance
2023WedMar 1MărțișorObservance
2024FriMar 1MărțișorObservance
2025SatMar 1MărțișorObservance

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