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The custom of the martisor, an ancestral symbol of an old scenario of renewing time on the threshold of spring, is linked, according to tradition, to the moment of the symbolic birth and death of an autochthonous female deity - Baba Dochia.

Martisor is also the popular name of March, the month of the beginning of the agricultural year.

The habit of the martisor has been preserved to this day, but not at the same level of sensitivity as it used to be.

In popular belief, the martisor symbolizes the rope of the year that gathers, by intertwining the two threads, the 365 calendar days. The colors white and red represent the two opposite seasons, winter and summer, in the old traditional societies only these two basic seasons were known, spring and autumn being considered to be only passing seasons.

According to Bucovina beliefs, the martisor is the thread of the days of the year spun by Baba Dochia while he was climbing the mountain with the sheep, similar to the thread of man's life spun at birth by the she-bear. The white color represents the cold of the winter that is ending and the red the heat of the summer that naturally follows in the calendar.

The martisor was a symbol worn with great dignity and even solemnity by the members of traditional society, who avoided any uncivilized behavior during the period when the martisor adorned their clothing.

 

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