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Martisor as Authentic Romanian Tradition

As March 1st is here, it is almost compulsory to speak about such a beautiful Romanian tradition as spring forerunner. The season down is celebrated differently in villages of Romania, but two things remain unchanged: the red and white color of the string that calls for revival: Martisor.
What Martisor tradition is?
Martisor is a red and white knitted cord connected with the spring and the nature revival.
Initially, both men and women kept this small fortune bringer by their hand. A gold coin attached to a red-and-white string was given as a gift and worn as a fortune and luck amulet, ensuring the wearer with the power of the Sun.
Nowadays, on the 1st of March men offer Martisor to girls and women to pay their respect and to attract luck over them. It is usually a small jewel (the quatrefoil and the chimney sweep are the main Martisor themes, since they are believed to bring good fortune) hung to a red and white string, but it also may be a red-and-white small bracelet in leather or silk, or any other (handmade and definitely colorful) jewel that can be otherwise used as pendant or pin.
The red and white string is worn till the spring is into force. When cuckoo sings for the first time or the first roses come to blossom, the string is placed into a green tree to bring good luck.
Where does the name “Martisor” come from? “Martisor” is the popular name for the month of March (Martie in Romanian), which is connected with Roman God Mars – who was not only the God of War, but also the patron of spring, agriculture and forces of the nature, and whose celebration was on the 1st of March (also the first day of the year).
As offerings for gods in human or animal sacrifice were common, this specific time of the year (when winter makes place to joyful spring) made it a red (as in lively blood, adoration and sacrifice) and white (as in snow’s purity, winter and past) celebration.
Martisor - a pre-Christian Tradition in Romania
During Dacian times (era prior Anno Domini), the year started on the 1st of March as well, and it was divided into winter and summer.
The red-and-white cord is also named “the time cord”, since it is considered to gather the months and weeks of the two ancient calendar seasons. The legend says that it has been knitted by Baba Dochia (a mythological character identified with the return of spring) before leaving with her sheep in the mountains, where she died of cold.

Why red and white for the authentic tradition?

The red and white combination represents the reality of the opposite: life and death, day and night, winter and summer, fertility and infertility, cold and heat, the beginning and the end, and Martisor is a symbol of the balance.
A part of the tradition lost of its significance, still women in Romania (and also in some regions of Bulgaria) wear this symbol of the contraries a good-fortune representation.

Come to Romania during March! It is a vivid place and fun to be here!

Posted by SanoTouring 04:55 Archived in Romania Comments (0)

What Bucharest can offer?

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Bucharest is an emergent destination and the following years many tourists may wish to visit it for leisure - as it sounds exotic, but also because most important travel guides have recommended Romania as destination, and Bucharest is the country’s most important air gate. A city-break in either Bucharest or Brasov are to be considered for one to start exploring Romania.

Bucharest offers- joy for tourist of any age
The legend says that the city names comes from Bucur, the shepherd, who settled on banks of Dambovita River. In Romanian “Bucur” means “joy, enjoyment”, and Bucuresti can be interpreted as “you are joyful”!
Documents dating from medieval history show that Greek Phanariots named the settlement Hillaripolis, which means “city of joy” in Greek. And there was no connection whatsoever with the shepherd's legend, but the way the Bucharest buzz.
Today, Bucharest carries on to deserve its name. Festivals, shows, humongous events are more cheerful than ever. The nightlife is spicy and colorful and regardless what a tourist might look for, Bucharest is the destination where he can experience from lovely dinners in fancy restaurants, opera and theater plays to clubs, pubs and casino agitation.

Bucharest and Vlad the Impaler

Many tourists travel to Bran to learn more about the character who inspired Dracula, Vlad The Impaler. Well, they can find stories and the building where Vlad IIIrd (Tepes – the Impaler) had his summer residence right in the heart of the city.
Actually, he was the first to mention Bucharest in an official document in 1459. Thus, he might rather be regarded as one of the spiritual fathers over Bucharest than a cruel vampire!

Bucharest has the biggest wellness center in Europe

For tourists who look for relaxation and wellness, then Bucharest is once again the place. Just few miles away from city, it was very recently opened Therme, the largest thermal spa in Europe. Providing indoor and outdoor pools, spa experiences of all sorts, the relaxation center is also an oasis of vegetation with 500 palm trees and almost million of plant species. At Therme, the entire family can have either fun or relax, as children have their own place!

Bucharest offers accessible hotel rooms
Covering a wide range of hotel standards, tourists with special travel needs find in Bucharest adapted accommodation. Travelers also can chose to visit Old town, museum or even take a tailor-made day trip to Peles Castle.

Bucharest also destination for seniors
We said that Bucharest is suitable for tourist regardless the age and preferences. For seniors, travelling to Bucharest can be an exquisite option. Tourists will enjoy the architecture of former “Paris of the East”, stories and buildings connected with Romanian Monarchy, museums or art galleries spread across the city, the Cismigiu or Herastrau parks.
Tradition lovers will savor the rural atmosphere of outdoor Village Museum. The travelers curious about communism are to fall for Palace of Parliament, its grandeur and exquisite decorations.

At the end of a day, or better, after a city break, you will surely be happy. Just speak the Words “City of Joy” and your wishes come true in Bucharest

Posted by SanoTouring 09:14 Archived in Romania Tagged romania tour bucharest citybreak Comments (0)

Authentic boutique accommodation in rural Romania

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If you ever considered having a relaxing holiday in an authentic countryside, enjoying in the meantime all the options of a boutique accommodation, then you have a list of choices here, in Romania! Why are we telling you this right now?
As perhaps, some of you consider a destination for winter season and still have not found the perfect spot. Romania is the most suitable destination to be considered, as the traditional greetings season starts as early as Saint Andrew’s Day, on November 30th and ends on January 7th with Saint John’s Day! Since we usually have snow in the winter, we expect your only disappointment to be not finding any vampire!

Rustic boutique – travel beyond time in Wallachia

You will surely find a new land with a special flavour, a mixture between Orient and Occident - this is how Rustic Boutique was planned: a mixture of the comfort and luxury of a boutique hotel and the authenticity Romania as a whole.
Beyond that, the tourists like to have that medieval nobility feeling, and both Saxons of Transylvania and the Kulas of Horezu recreates it fully.
But what a “Kula” is? Well, in southern side of Romania, on the historical land of Wallachia, noblemen were called “boyars” and their lovely hoses were kulas. The architecture is typical for this specific Romanian region, and you can feel the meaning of authenticity at its most.

Authenticity in Transylvania

The UNESCO area of Fortified Churches in Transylvania kept the same Saxon look and the unspoiled rhythm of life. Rural landscape is amazing in its calm, almost stuck in time, hilly imagery. And if you have a doubt about our sayings, find out that His Majesty Prince Charles loves the genuine rural aspect of Viscri!
Then, why should you stay this winter within the concrete and glass of the city, and not try the rural, unspoiled rustic boutique experience in Romania?

In our next you can learn more about Bucharest

Posted by SanoTouring 10:06 Archived in Romania Comments (0)

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