The origin of “Mărţişor” is not very well established but some historians say that it originated in Ancient Rome, because the New Year was celebrated on the 1st of March (the month that celebrated the god Mars – the war god) when the nature rebirths. God Mars was the protector of agriculture and of war, and it is said that is why the colors of the string are white and red: peace and war.
Nowadays, the little “Mărţişor” has changed a little bit; the traditional symbols like chimney-sweep, trefoil, and horseshoe (all meaning luck) had been replaced by all kinds of little stuff animals. But the meaning is the same: the joy of spring!
Can I eat them after you take my photo? No? Why? Grrrr!!!