Mărțișor, included on the UNESCO cultural patrimony list

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UNESCO Committee convened in South Korea has Okayed the inclusion of the Romanian Mărțișor tradition on its world cultural patrimony list.

The 12th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage is due in Jeju 4 December to 9 December, 2017.

The information was confirmed y Adrian Cioroianu, Romania’s representative to the UN agency.

The file has been filed by Romania, next to other three countries- Bulgaria, Macedonia and Republic of Moldova- where this beautiful spring tradition is preserved, with some form differences, but in the same spirit of celebrating the nature’s revival. Today, December 6, the session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has decided that the Mărțișor tradition meets all criteria to be placed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage list,” Cioroianu posted on Facebook.

March 1 is the day Romanians celebrate ‘Martisor’, an old tradition related to spring arrival and fine weather, also symbolizing love, respect and frienship.

The word Martisor is the diminutive of martie, the old folk name for March (Martie, in modern Romanian), and thus literally means “little March”. It is also the folk name for the first month of spring.

Martisor is also the name of the trinket with the red and white string with hanging tassel customarily given on the 1st day of March.

 

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