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Cultural practices associated to the 1st of March

Romanian spring tradition included on UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list

The tradition of Martisor is one of the most important local spring traditions. Celebrated on March 1, Martisorul marks the changing of seasons. Men usually offer women martisoare – small symbolic items tied with a red and white entwined cord – between March 1 and March 8, as a sign of respect and love. Some women choose to wear the martisor all March as it is believed that the one who wears the red and white string will be strong and healthy in the year to come. On the last day of March, they tie the red and white string to a branch of a fruit tree, as this is said to bring wealth.

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Crossword on Romanian New Year’s Traditions

1. The animal which is used as a model in the tradition called ” The Goat Procession”, in Romanian.

2. The purpose of wearing animal masks in this ritual is to scare away bad …

3. Besides wearing masks, the people during the Goat Procession also wear …

4. In Moldavia, during the ”Mersul cu Ursul” people are dressed up as …

5. The title of the poem young men are reciting to every family before New Years Eve.

6. The aim of the Bear Procession is to bring … to the lands.

7. The Romanian name of the special item children are carrying while saying their wishes.

8. Once this item was a bouquet of little branches, nowadays it is represented with a decorated …

9. They are having this tradition on the … of January.

10. Children are chanting a special song and wishing health to the … members of the family.

SOLUTION hint: A general wish we all want for the new year.

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