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Mărţişor Fair at the Museum of the Romanian Peasant
February 25 - March 1, 2010
Martisor fair at MTR, Bucharest Martisor fair at MTR, Bucharest
Fridge magnets to be offered on March 1 (day of Martisor). Martisor fair at MTR, Bucharest Martisor fair at MTR, Bucharest
Martisor fair at MTR, Bucharest Martisor fair at MTR, Bucharest. Sun symbols.
Martisor fair at MTR, Bucharest. Ladybugs and other fun animal martisoare Gingerbread at MTR, Bucharest
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March 1 is the day of Mărţişor (approx. [muhr-tsi-shore], IPA: [mər.tsi.'ʃor]), a holiday celebrating the arrival of spring as well as what used to be the New Year. On this day women receive flowers (especially early spring flowers such as snowdrops, hyacinths; also freesias) as well as small decorative objects known as mărţişoare. These tokens have changed a lot in the past years. In the past certain symbols of good luck predominated, such as the four-leafed clovers, chimney sweeps and horseshoes. Nowadays the amulets can be just about everything. Most of them, however, are still attached to the traditional cord - red and white entwined threads ending in a tassel each. There are various explanations for the colors red and white of the mărţişor, a prevalent one taking white to symbolize spring and red to stand for winter.

About this photo: This year among the mărţişoare and other, larger, fun trinkets displayed in the yard of the Museum of the National Peasant I especially noticed the many ladybugs. Cards such as these in the photo were scarce and cost twice as much as a mărţişor.

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