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Saturday, January 9, 2010

THE STORY OF THE MARCH AMULET










Once upon a time, the Sun, incarnated into a handsome man, used to descend on Earth to dance in the Romanian villages. Knowing about the Sun’s new passion, a dragon followed him and one day, he kidnapped the Sun and threw him into the cellar of his castle. From that moment, the birds ceased singing and the children could not laugh anymore but nobody dared to face the dragon









One day, a courageous young man decided to find the cellar and save the Sun. Most of the people accompanied him, giving him their strength so that the young man could be able to defeat the powerful dragon. His journey lasted three seasons: summer, autumn and winter. At the end of last season, the young man managed to find the dragon’s castle, where the Sun was imprisoned. And the fight with the dragon started and it took days until the dragon was defeated. Wounded and without any strength, the young man set the Sun free, making everyone happy again.









Nature revived, people began to smile again, but the lad never got to see spring coming. Warm blood from his wounds was falling on the snow. While the snow was melting, white flowers called snowdrops, messengers of spring, sprang from the ground. When the lad’s last drop of blood fell on the white snow, he died happy that his life served such a noble purpose.
Since then, it is a custom for people to plait two tassels: a white and a red one. At the beginning of March, men offer this amulet called “martisor” to the girls they love. Red represents the love for everything that is beautiful and remains the symbol of blood of the brave young man. White symbolizes purity, health and the snowdrop is the first flower that appears in spring.
The literary significance of the March amulet is “little March”, a smaller March that we wear on our chests so that winter would be forgotten and the new year would start.

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