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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Spring is here – Festival of the Iris in Brussels

Two days of free concerts, activities, clowns, magicians, costumed performers, and buzz in Brussels center is happening this weekend. The Festival of the Iris/Iris Day (Fête de l’Iris) is a celebration of the symbol of Brussels. On January 12, 1989 a new law created the Brussels Capital Region on the territory of 19 municipalities and the Brussels Region then started its own legislative and executive institutions. The Iris was chosen as the…

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Belgian Spring Fashion

So going around town this weekend I noticed a change in wardrobe. The weather is improving in Brussels. I even put the heavy sweaters in the back of the closet this weekend. I saw quite a few ladies in skirts. What stood out to me in particular was that many girls were wearing kool-aid coloured nylons/leggings/tights (whatever you prefer to call them). I´m not sure why these colours are so…

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