Mărțișor in Romania
Romanians celebrate Mărțișor on March 1 to welcome the spring time and appreciate life.
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.
Mărțișor is an observance and not a public holiday in Romania.
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.
Quick FactsMărțișor in Romania celebrates the start of spring. The name stems from the word March, which is “martie” in Romanian.
Mărțișor 2018Thursday, March 1, 2018
Mărțișor 2019Friday, March 1, 2019
Name in other languages
Other holidays in March 2019 in Romania
- International Women's Day – Friday, March 8, 2019