Martisor is a Romanian traditional holiday, celebrated all over the country, in each area you can find myths and traditions related to this holiday.
In the old times, in certain areas, Martisor was created out of two wires of wool, one white and one red, much later a silver or gold coin being added to it. In recent times, people added to Martisor the symbol of good luck represented by the figure of the chimney sweep, the clover and the horseshoe.
The Martisor is created during the winter and worn after the 1st of March, in some areas the Martisor is used as decoration during the days of Baba Dochia ( 1-9 March), after which it is tied to the branches of a young tree, the fruit of it will symbolize the well being of the one who tied it. In other countries Martisor is worn all throughout March.
Across time, the significance of Martisor has remained the same. It marks the beginning of spring. The red and white thread that ties the Martisor is the symbol of good luck and well being. Red is considered the color of spring, the period when nature is reborn, when flowers turn red, and white represents winter. The twisted thread represents the fight between spring and winter, between good and evil.