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Little March Amulet
 
 Every year Romanian people knit two little tassels: a white one and a red one. At the beginning of March, they offer this amulet to the girls they love… 
In Moldavia, part of Romania, all persons can receive a little March amulet. 
Red means love for everything that is beautiful and white symbolizes the pureness and health of the snowdrops, the first flowers that appear in spring. 
That is the first celebration of spring in Romania. 

The Story of the Little March  

Once upon a time, there was an old woman. She had a son, March, who had just got married. The old woman didn't like her daughter-in-low maybe because she was too beautiful. That is why she was trying to find a flaw in her son's wife ordering her the most difficult jobs. 
One day the old woman commanded the girl to go to the river and to wash some black wool until it would become white. Without a word the young woman went to the river. There a young man appeared miraculously. He immediately turned the black wool into white one. When he wanted to thank him he disappeared leaving no trace behind him. 
Another time, at the end of the winter, in February, the bad old woman asked her daughter-in-low to bring her some wild strawberries. The girl had no choice but to go find the wild fruits. March was desperate because his own mother was torturing his wife. That is why he left his home. 
Crying, the girl wandered throws the forest and suddenly the same handsome young boy appeared and filled up her basket with wild strawberries. 
The young lady hung at her neck a white coin for the wool and a red one for the wild strawberries. 
In her husband's memory whom she is still looking for, she called the coins "Little March". From that day all the "Romanian girl and women wear Little Marches". 
They believe that the Little Marches bring them luck in love and good health. 

Povestea mãrtisorului  

Trãia odatã o bãtrânã. Ea avea un fiu, Martie, care tocmai se cãsãtori. Bãtrânei nu-i plãcea de nora ei, poate pentru cã aceasta era prea frumoasã. De aceea încerca sã-i dea nurorii ei cele mai imposibile munci, ca sã îi poatã gãsi un cusur. 
Într-o zi bãtrâna ceru fetei sã meargã la râu si sã spele niste lânã neagrã pânã când aceasta se va face albã. Fãrã sã zicã o vorbã, tânãra pleacã la râu. Acolo apãru ca prin farmec un tânãr care transformã imediat lâna neagrã în lânã albã. Cãnd vru sã-i multumeascã, el dispãru fãrã urmã. 
Altãdatã, spre sfârsitul iernii, în februarie, bãtrâna cea rea ceru nurorii ei sã-i aducã fragi. 
Fata protestã, dar n-avu încotro, plecã în cãutarea fragilor. Martie era disperat pentru cã propria mamã îi chinuia sotia. De aceea plecã în lumea largã. Plângând, fata colindã prin pãdure si ca prin minune acelasi tânãr frumos apãru si îi umplu cosul cu fragi. 
Când bãtrâna vãzu fragii în cosul fetei, muri imediat de inimã rea. Tânãra si-a atârnat la gât un bãnut alb pentru lânã si unul rosu pentru fragi. În amintirea sotului ei pe care îl cautã si azi, ea le-a zis bãnutilor "mãrtisori". 
De atunci toate fetele si femeile din România poartã, începând cu Martie, mãrtisoare. Se zice cã acestea le poartã noroc, sunt sãnãtoase tot anul si au noroc în dragoste. 

Cãtãlina Stoica 
School 10 Focsani, Romania 
 
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