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Mărțișor in Romania

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

Mărțișor trinkets 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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
MonMar 12010MărțișorObservance
TueMar 12011MărțișorObservance
ThuMar 12012MărțișorObservance
FriMar 12013MărțișorObservance
SatMar 12014MărțișorObservance
SunMar 12015MărțișorObservance
TueMar 12016MărțișorObservance
WedMar 12017MărțișorObservance
ThuMar 12018MărțișorObservance
FriMar 12019MărțișorObservance
SunMar 12020MărțișorObservance

Quick Facts

Mărțișor in Romania celebrates the start of spring. The name stems from the word March, which is “martie” in Romanian.

Mărțișor 2018

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Mărțișor 2019

Friday, March 1, 2019


Name in other languages


List of dates for other years

Other holidays in March 2019 in Romania

United Nation Holiday on March 1, 2019

World Holiday on March 1, 2019

Fun Holidays on March 1, 2019

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