Romania is full of ancient traditions and customs. This is why we are going go show you some for the month of March.
On March 1, the Martisor was celebrated, to announce spring. During this time, women wear so-called “Mărțișor” with different symbols. It consists of a red and white cord, usually with a small pendant, and is often attached to a blouse or other garment. Martisor has its origins in the antiquity. There, it was a talisman worn by women and children to protect and bring them luck. This talisman should be worn between 9 and 12 days.
In folk tradition, the first day in March is the day of Baba Dochia, who climbed the Bucegi Mountain with 9 jackets. Because the weather got warmer every day, she threw all of her nine jackets away on the last day. But the weather cooled down in no time and Baba Dochia froze. Legends say, that the story originated in the Bucegi Mountains, where there are 2,200 Babele stones lying on the ground.
March 9 represents the cycle of the nine spring-shift days that coincide with Baba Dochia’s frost death. At the same time, it is also the day of the 40 martyrs. This tradition has religious references. It represents in the Orthodox calendar the 40 martyrs (Saints of Sevastia) who were burned alive in the name of the Christian faith. In the morning, food is distributed on behalf of the dead. On this day, it is said in the tradition, 40 glasses of wine should be drunk throughout the year.
On March 25, is another well-known holiday with religious backgrounds: Buna Vestire or also Blagovestenia. The folk tradition says that this is the day the cuckoo sings for the first time. This day must be spent full of joy and full of love, so good things are going to happen all year long.