Spring has arrived in Moldova

Spring is here! Spring has come! It’s here! Hooraaay!!!

Yesterday was the first day of March, marking the first day of spring but also known as mărțișor (mar-tee-shor). In Moldova people give one another these fun little mărțișor’s as gifts to wear for the month of March.

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Students gave these martisor’s to my friend, Amanda who is a Health Education volunteer. (photo by: Amanda Jackson)

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.

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I have a couple of fun variations that have been given to me by my host family, friends, and students I work with on a weekly basis. It’s a fun sign that spring is HERE!

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