Martisor charm for spring / by Melissa Pinkstone

Mărțișor charm is an old  tradition celebrated all over Romania every year on the 1st of March . The name Mărțișor is a diminutive of March (Martie in Romanian). It is believed that the person who wears the red and white string would enjoy a prosperous and healthy year. Not too Long ago, in the countryside, people used to celebrate the Martisor by hanging a red and white string at their the gate, window, cattle's horn and shed to protect against evil spirits and to invoke nature's regenerative power. In eastern Romania, the red and white string was complemented with a small - gold or silver - coin. After wearing the coin for twelve days,  people would believe that their skin would be healthy and beautiful for the entire year. In modern times, and especially in urban areas, the Mărțișor lost most of its talisman properties and became more of a symbol of friendship or love, appreciation and respect. The black threads were replaced with red, but the delicate wool ropes are still a thriving industry among people in the countryside, who comb out the wool, dye the floss, and twist it into thousands of tassels. In some areas the amulets are still made with black and white ropes, for warding off evil.  As a gift we will be giving away are own hand made Mărțișors in the lead up to March. To get your own Rroma Mărțișor please enter your details below. 

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Martisor is a charm for spring time in Romanian its a traditional charm that has been around since the roman times and is said to have healing and prosperity powers.