Germany, March 2011
For the 1st of March in Romania (and I think in other East European countries too), there is this custom of giving to women and girls something resembling a little brooch or jewel attached to a red and white thread. Their name: Martisor/Martisoare. Usually is the guys that give them to women, but in some parts of the countries men wear them too. It’s not the little brooch, but the thread that is actually important, as it symbolise many things, from purity, victory, feminine, to fire, masculine, energy and so on.
When I was still there, I sent my wife one and she liked it so much, that she wished she would get one again. So, for this year, I made her two of them (a dragon-fly and a rainbow-flower) since, of course, you cannot find them here. I couldn’t even find a red-white thread, so I had to make it myself too. I used French beads and very thin wire. Now she is wearing them very proudly and she gets compliments for them from everyone.