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Dragobete, Mărțișor and beyond

“Dragobetele pupă fetele.”

Romanian folk saying (Dragobete kisses the girls)

How many of you know that Romania has its very own early-Christian Valentine’s tradition? It’s a spring fertility ritual called Dragobete, which takes place on February 24, and it dates back to the Early Middle Ages.

Not only this, but since the addition of Valentine’s Day (Ziua Îndrăgostiților), Romanian men at the beginning of spring find themselves obliged to offer various gifts to women for weeks on end! First Valentine’s, then Dragobete, followed by Mărțișor (the 1st of March), followed by International Women’s Day (the 8th of March)… These gifts typically range from flowers and chocolate to small lapel brooches decorated with red&white yarn, and even to jewellery!

If you are one of these men, and you’re feeling like things are spiralling out of control and giving you vertigo, do not despair. A thoughtful gift for your loved one does not have to break the bank. For you, there is now my recent poetry collection “Behold the searing wind” – available for 7.99 on Amazon! Alternatively, you can always order the Kindle version for under 5 EUR/GBP/USD and have it delivered to your sweetheart’s device. So, Kindle to rekindle! 😉

Enjoy your spring! I know, I know, it’s still snowing, but keep the faith, those sunny days are nigh 🙂


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