Having grown up and lived in a four season climate, I always loved the change...the expectation of the new to come and old to vanish, but not for long. So is the story of seasons. And since Spring officially starts on March 1st in Moldova, it is marked with the Festival of Mărţişor. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about it, and I give it full credit:
"Mărțișor (Romanian pronunciation: [mərtsiʃor]) is an old Romanian celebration at the beginning of spring, on March the 1st. Simbolically, 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. Alike though not identical customs can be found in Bulgaria (see Martenitsa), while similar ones exist in Albania, Greece and Italy.
The name Mărțișor is the diminutive of marț, 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.
Mărțișor, marţ and mărțiguș are all names 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. It is also a symbol of the coming spring."
We used to exchange these red and white string decorations amongst friends, family, and most of all- teachers. Teachers would have their tops covered in Mărțișori :).
Red for Love and Passion, White for Purity and Innocence- Welcome Spring with a cake I made for my little family. White marshmallow fondant covered chocolate cake, iced and filled with white chocolate ganache cream- it was such a delight...well, it still is, as I am writing. The sugarpaste mărțișor is going to be framed.....i guess. That is, if I get time or my little one does not eat it. Sides of cake: stamped flowers and leaves. The writing: edible pen ink! I mean it: all edible. I am picky though of what I eat on a cake! :))))