Our office in Cluj opening coincided nicely with the Spring celebrations in Romania. So we asked Diana Lupu one of our new team in Romania to tell us more about their Spring celebrations.
The beginning of the year is quite festive in Romania. There are several holidays in February and March, relating to love, fertility, the end of the harsh winter and the start of spring. Even though these are not days off, they are celebrated throughout the country.
The newest of these is on 14th February, when we celebrate Valentine’s Day. This has only caught on during the past few years, due to a larger exposure to western culture. Couples buy small presents for each other, the restaurants would be full and florists have a field day.
Rediscovering Pagan Romania’s Pagan roots
In response to this imported holiday, some Romanians have rediscovered Dragobete, a much older holiday with pagan roots celebrated on 24th February, and considered to be the equivalent of Valentine’s Day.
1st March is considered to be the first day of spring, even though it’s usually cold and snow can still be found around the country. The Romanian holiday celebrated on 1st March is called Mărțișor. The symbol is a red and white string to which small good luck charms (such as horseshoes, four leaf clovers or chimney sweepers) are attached.
Men usually buy them for women and the latter sometimes wear them as a brooch either for the first week of March or throughout the month.
The spring holidays come to a conclusion with the 8th of March, when we celebrate both Mother’s Day and Women’s Day. Women are treated to flowers (hyacinth, freesia and tulips being customary) and small gifts while mothers would receive gifts such as handmade cards and poems from their children.
Since 8th of March represents a general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women, our caring, new colleagues: Ovi, Flaviu and Andras thought about preparing a small surprise for us.
Thanks guys, it really made my day! An enchanting flower for a fresh start.