1 March 2022
The 1st of March, a representative day for the Romanian history, traditions and legends, will give us another reason for celebration in 2022 – Romania’s Day at Expo 2020 Dubai.
During the Roman Empire, the 1st of March, the first day of spring, was also the first day of the year. On New Year’s Eve, Romans would celebrate Mars, the God of War. Dating back more than 8 000 years, talismans made of stone rivers painted in white and red, strung on a string, have been found on the territory of Romania.
Mărțișor, as the 1st of March is called and which is a traditional reason for celebration in Romania, is also the source of several legends. The most famous one says that one day the Sun came to Earth and joined the round dance in a village, as a beautiful maiden. A dragon kidnapped the young maiden and locked her in a dungeon, and that was when birds stopped singing and nature stood still. A brave young man decided to save the Sun, so that the world would come back to normal. After fighting for several days, the brave man defeated the dragon, saving the Sun and bringing spring back. As the wounds made by the dragon were too deep, he bled on the white snow. The young man’s victory is celebrated to the day by wearing a white and red string when spring comes.
1st of March symbolizes the rebirth of nature, being the day in the year that is closest to the “New Nature” concept, the theme of the Romania Pavilion at Expo 2020. A concept that proposes an aware equilibrium between man and nature. A sustainable development where nature can be used without being destroyed.
Expo 2020 will end on 31 March 2022, so the Day of Romania introduces the last month of the event.
We invite you to celebrate together Romania’s Day at Expo 2020 Dubai, the day nature is reborn!