What I received for Mrior (1st March)

Hello friends! I wanted to post about this for a few days now but it seems the spring fatigue is getting me... I feel so tired...
Oh, well! it will get better soon...at least the weather got warmer.
So I thought I should post about the things I received for Mrior (at least, a part of the things I received). I`m sure you`re wondering what Mrior is, right?
It is "an old Romanian celebration at the beginning of spring, on March the 1st, which according to old calender was also considered as the beginning of the new year." This tradition is known in Romania and Moldova and it`s correlated to women and to fertility as a means of life and continuity.
"Mrior, mar and mrigu 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.Giving this talisman to people is an old custom, and it is believed that the one who wears the red and white string will be strong and healthy for the year to come. It is also a symbol of the coming spring. Usually, women wear it pinned to their clothes for the first 12 days of the month, until other spring celebrations, or until the bloom of certain fruit-trees. In some regions, a gold or silver coin hangs on the string, which is worn around the neck."(source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%83r%C5%A3i%C5%9For)
As you can tell, we preserve this tradition. Although nowadays, "mrioarele" aren`t the same like when I was a kid and most of these are fancy and expensive, what really matters is the gesture (when you`re offering one) and preserving this Romanian tradition. As you can see I did receive a few decorations: pendants, brooches and some earrings (told you the mrior changed its shape, lol!). Most of the things I received are cat-related, my friends know I love animals and that I have a cat that`s why they all decided to get me cat-inspired mrioare. My boyfriend actually got me something different, but I forgot to take pictures.
I really love the cat brooch in the 3rd picture, in the 4th picture you can see a cat pendant made of clay (its a handmade one), in the 5th picture a cat pendant (I have so many cat inspired jewelry!) and a friend got me those cute cat earrings from a local shop called Meli Melo (it`s a Romanian store that sells bags, jewelry and accessories: hats, scarfs, a.s.o.).
This year I gave my friends some clay brooches that were painted by hand with different things: a frog, an angel, a ladybird, a Chinese girl a.s.o. I really like this type of handmade brooches. Unfortunately I didn`t get the chance to take pics but those brooches were so so cute!

This is our 1st March, Mrior tradition, I think it`s really cute and I like that is our Romanian special tradition. Do you have something like this in your country or something similar?

PS: I really like these traditions and I like giving and receiving small gifts.

Later edit: I added a couple of pics of my rose clay earrings...I forgot to upload those pics the first time I posted
*some of the info are from wikipedia sourced below*

Source link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%83r%C5%A3i%C5%9For

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