Mărțișor (Romanian pronunciation: [mərt͡siˈʃor]) is a Romanian celebration at the beginning of spring, on March the 1st in Romania, Moldova, and all territories inhabited by Romanians. Alike, though not identical customs can be found in Bulgaria (see Martenitsa), while similar ones exist in Albania, and Italy.
The arrival of spring in Moldova (but also in Romania or Bulgaria) marks a time of celebration in the country, coupled with the idea of revival, this season symbolizing rebirth, purity, hope and a new beginning in life. In Moldova, we celebrate Mărţişor at dawn on March 1, when inhabitants welcome the arrival of spring and offer each other mărţişoare as gifts to bring happiness and good luck. On March 1, 2016, the Post of Moldova has released a very nice set of two stamps devoted to this tradition of Mărţişor - symbol of Spring ("Mărţişor - simbol al primăverii")
Thank you very much Nicolae for this beautiful official FDC (print run : 400) with postmarks from Chișinău (MD-2012), regarding this series !. Read more..
Shortly before the release of these stamps, Posta Moldovei released a series of unstamped envelopes with the theme of «Spring». Local philatelists in Chisinau realized a wide variety of private FDCs, using these envelopes. We have tried to include all known varieties here.
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