I enjoy today, International Women’s Day, as I have many more female friends than male ones and always have had.

So, to all you ladies who follow my blog or happen upon it accidentally

Have a great day and keep on pushing for women to be treated equally to men in absolutely everything.

There’s still a long way to go!

Women’s Day

I first heard of ‘Women’s Day’ when I arrived in Romania on 8th March 1993, but it was not about ‘International Women’s Day’; Romanians have been celebrating women on 8th March for longer than that.

I soon learned that in the part of Romania I was visiting for a six month voluntary project (which turned into 11.1/2 years!) had a rather different tradition to the rest of Romania.

The 1st of March is widely celebrated as the day of Marțișori, (and the first day of Spring) when small tokens with a bow of red and white threads are exchanged. However, the way I learned this when I arrived in Bucovina was that the women gave the men Marțișori on 1st March but the men gave the women Marțișori on 8th March, almost always together with flowers and often with another gift.

If you’re interested you will find an earlier post about the day and the tradition

here.


Apologies – this post is much later than intended. Internet has gone crazy, dropping out every couple of minutes. A trip to the local supermarket for two or three items was equally crazy: usually almost deserted at opening time the car park was full. I can only only assume people were ‘panic buying’, which does not help at all of course.

Snowman in the bedroom! Courtesy of Petronela – with mărțișor

Today, according to Romanian tradition, is the first day of Spring, though looking out of the window here it’s not spring-like. A thick blanket of snow (for here 10cm or more is ‘thick’ though in other parts of Yorkshire there is far more and roads are closed) covers everything, hundreds of schools are closed (including the primary and the high school in our village). Nevertheless we will celebrate the arrival of Spring in the Romanian way (see last year’s post,  when it was a bright sunny day).