Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bucharest Romania

Keep straight down this block,
Then turn right where you will find
A peach tree blooming. 
Richard Wright 

Friday, March 8, 2013

International Women's Day - March, 8

‘March days return with their covert light’

'March days return with their covert light,
and huge fish swim through the sky,
vague earthly vapours progress in secret,
things slip to silence one by one.
Through fortuity, at this crisis of errant skies,
you reunite the lives of the sea to that of fire,
grey lurchings of the ship of winter
to the form that love carved in the guitar.
O love, O rose soaked by mermaids and spume,
dancing flame that climbs the invisible stairway,
to waken the blood in insomnia’s labyrinth,
so that the waves can complete themselves in the sky,
the sea forget its cargoes and rages,
and the world fall into darkness’s nets.'

Friday, March 1, 2013

Spring in Village Museum - Martisor

Martisor is an old Romanian celebration at the beginning of spring, on March the 1st, which according to old calendar was also considered as the beginning of the new year. Symbolically, it is correlated to women and to fertility as a means of life and continuity. The tradition is authentic in Romania, Moldova, and all territories inhabited by Romanians and Aromanians.
The name Martisor is the diminutive of mart the old folk name for March (Martie, in modern Romanian), and thus literally means "little March". It is also the folk name for this month.
Martisor is the name for the red and white string from which a small decoration is tied, and which is offered by people on the 1st day of March.
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