This post has special meaning only for my Romanian readers. "Mărţişor" is an ancient Romanian tradition and its origins go back several thousands of years. We've been Christians for 2000 years, but this is a pagan ritual, which survived until today. Each year,we celebrate the coming of Spring in 1st of March. The girls, ladies and children receive a small token of Spring, called "mărţişor", attached to a red and white silk thread, to bring us prosperity, good luck and good health all year long. The white thread symbolizes the male energy and the red thread symbolizes the female energy. Together, they create Life. We must wear the little spring sign for 9 days and make a wish. So I've been busy making hundreds of small colored bows like this for the local fair. They are my "Mărţişor" for this year.
Tuturor prietenilor şi cititorilor din România, vă transmit un Mărţişor virtual plin de dragoste şi de optimism. Să vă fie primăvara aceasta caldă şi plină de soare, cum este azi afară! Şi vă mai aştept pe aici, cu drag!