Spring is the eternal season of hope, especially in the Northern hemisphere. It is a time for opportunity and renewed energy when new beginnings are cemented with much love.
In Romania, Mărțișor day is commemorated on 1st March symbolizing the rebooting of nature. Quite literally, Mărțișor is translated as “Little March” in English. Rather interestingly, other parts of Europe celebrate this day with much gusto, with versions thriving in Moldova, Bulgaria, Albania and Italy. 2021 Census has indicated that there are more than 1.2 million Romanians within the U.K, with current estimates being close to 1.7 million.
Tradition suggests that the person who wears a red and white string is well on course to enjoy a successful year ahead, professionally, and personally. It was fairly common, till recently, to celebrate the Mărțișor by hanging a red and white string at the doorways of homes, warding off evil and beckoning rejuvenation through a common symbol.
What we love about Mărțișor is the simplicity in messaging and intent. It genuinely cuts across ethnicities, in spirit, and can well represent a universal and actionable symbol of hope. Symbolism, as we know so well, is an essential element of modern civilization, plagued as we are with so many problems, especially post-pandemic.
Perhaps this can be a festival we can all partake in, as the decimation of evil and the invocation of hope are common aspirations. On this optimistic note, we wish you all the finest tidings of Spring and most naturally, happiness in all you do.