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.