Romanian Traditions: Celebrating Spring, Martisor and Women
Like in other parts of the world, on the 14th of February, the Romanians also celebrate Valentine’s Day in great numbers. But the celebration of love doesn’t stop here, as on the 24th of February, we also celebrate Dragobete, the Romanian day of love. Do the party and celebrations end here? Well, not in Romania! They actually start again with the first day of spring.
The 1st of March is a big deal in Romania as we celebrate Martisor. This is the day when men and children offer women flowers and the traditional martisor -small jewelry or artisanal items tied with a red and white string. This is the symbol of spring in Romania and you will find it everywhere, worn with love and joy.
But things get only more heated after Martisor, as on the 8th of March, the Romanians celebrate Women’s Day which is also Mother’s Day. Don’t be surprised if you see policemen offering women flowers at the traffic lights or flowers and chocolates everywhere, along with hearts and the special martisor. So, if you are left with some hearts from Valentine’s Day, don’t worry as you will need them for the 8th of March when we express the love and appreciation we have for our wife, sister, mother and the other important women in our lives as publicly as possible.
For the 8th of March, there will be shows organized in different venues in Bucharest, and it is not uncommon for women to leave their significant others at home and party with the girls in restaurants, go to concerts and shows and so on.
The most famous Romanian artists will be ready to entertain them all around the city. In Beraria H it is a ladies only night starring Dorian Popa, Taboo Boys - Male Strippers, so if you didn't think of a more naughty gift, a reservation here would be a good idea. If you want something else to celebrate Women’s day, Trattoria Vivaldi and Plaza Ballroom are also waiting for you starting at 19 o 'clock with good food and good music.
To spend time with your loved ones in a more intimate atmosphere over dinner, for example, make sure to make a reservation well in advance, as the chances are all the nice venues will be rather full on the day and the following weekend too. The truth is that Romanians like to celebrate and the 1st and 8th of March have been important holidays here for decades.
Spring in Romania is truly spectacular as you can see how nature comes to life in different ways, from the colors to the smells of the environment to the joy on people’s faces. Some would say that spring is the best season to visit Bucharest. The weather is usually absolutely perfect for long walks, with lots of sun and the smell of spring flowers will always accompany you anywhere you go.