Martisor – March 1st a Romanian celebration

March 1st is a Romanian holiday that is referred to as Mărțișor (pronounced kind of like “mart-see-shore”). From what I’ve seen through celebrating with Romanians, Mărțișor marks the beginning of spring and is also associated with women and fertility as a means of life and continuity. The tradition is also seen in Moldova and variations of Mărțișor exist in other countries. Women usually get one or more Mărțișor. I’ve seen women recieve one…

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Flowers in November

I know that living in Belgium, I should expect to see weird things, but today’s sighting was a little bit of a surprise anyway. I was walking back to the office from my lunch break and I saw two men kneeling on the grass with gloves on and small shovels in their hands. They were planting flowers! Planting flowers in mid-November! The weather isn’t frosty yet, but its definitely not…

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