The Romanian Festivals of Martisor and Woman Day

Romanians do know how to see life in pink, or at least in red and white. This starts with the 1st of March and continues all year round. Romanians have a very interesting tradition called Martisor (pronounced “Martsishor”), as a symbol for the coming spring. They celebrate this day by offering to each other a talisman tied on a red and white string. These objects are meant to bring good luck if they are worn until the end of March, either pinned on the clothes next to the heart or as a bracelet, which is more common nowadays.

 

 

 

In order to mark this day, RoArt Association from Brussels organised a ball to celebrate both Martisor (1 March) and Women Day (8 March), in a Retro-themed atmosphere. The ball took place on Friday 8 March, and it brought together:

  • Romanian artists: Andrei Marta – piano, Mihai Imbarus, Steve Red – guitar, Mona Mihaela – jazz & pop music, Andriana Adriana – Latin & pop music;
  • Romanian food: sarmale and mamaliga/polenta; and
  • An international public.

Cristina Burca, reporter at RadioX, went to the ball and spoke with the organiser and participants about Martisor tradition, Women day and the retro-dress code competition.

 

Listen to the Podcast HERE

 

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