First day of spring is here!!!! which means that nature comes back to life in so many beautiful and amazing ways. People seem to get back to life as well, birds chirp at the window…just beautiful.
In my country we celebrate the first day of spring by handing out to our girls a small token, symbolizing spring, which is called Mărțișor (Muhr-tzi-shor). It usualy comes in the form of snowdrops, clovers, small horseshoes or chimney sweeper, wrapped with a white and red ribbon. Of course some choose to give flowers but they HAVE TO BE tied up with that red and white ribbon.
The word Mărțișor is the diminutive of martie, the old folk name for March (Martie, in modern Romanian), and thus literally means “little March”. It is also the folk name for the month.
Mărțișor, marț and mărțiguș are all names for the red and white string with hanging tassel customarily given on the 1st day of March. The string can also be black and white or blue and white) Giving this talisman to people is an old custom, and it is believed that the wearer will be strong and healthy for the year to come. It is also a symbol of the coming spring. Usually, both women and men wear it pinned to their clothes, close to the heart, until the last day of March, when they tie it to a fruit-tree twig. In some regions, a gold or silver coin hangs on the string and is worn around the neck. After wearing it for a certain length of time, they buy red wine and sweet cheese with the coin, according to a belief that their faces would remain beautiful and white as cheese and rubicund as the wine, all year.
In modern times, and especially in urban areas, the Mărțișor lost most of its talisman properties and became more a symbol of friendship, love, appreciation and respect. The black threads were replaced by red, but the delicate wool string is still a ‘cottage 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 string, to ward off evil.Related to Martisor and also symbol for spring in Romania is the snowdrop flower. – Wikipedia
Sooo, for today’s video I chose to make colorful flowers, something simple, everyone can do it and it can be worn on any occasion.