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Festival Martishor: A Celebration of Moldavian Culture

  • OASIS on Treasure Island 401 California Ave San Francisco, CA, 94130 United States (map)

Festival Martishor: A Celebration of Moldavian Culture
Saturday, March 7, 2:00PM-Midnight
OASIS, 401 California Avenue, Treasure Island, San Francisco
(site plays music)

The Martisor tradition, according to many historians,  goes back about 8000 years. ‘Marts’ is a Romanian word that translates to March. This name originally derived from the Latin name of the Greek god Mars.  According to tradition, everyone wears a symbol of the holiday attached to their shirts. The pin displays a composition of a red and white flower.

At the heart of the festival there are some lovely legends. One legend is: on the first day of March the beautiful Spring came to the edge of the forest and looked around in the prickly bramble thickets to see the snowdrop trying to break free. She decided to help him and started picking out the thorns from the branches. Then she cleared the snow around him. Winter saw this and was furious. The Winter then waved her hands and summoned the cold wind and snow to destroy the primrose (a flower with many different colors). The weak flower wilted under the cruel wind. To save the flower the Spring grabbed a handful of thorns. From her wounded hands fell a drop of hot blood and the flower lived. Therefore Spring defeated the Winter. The colors that symbolize Martishor came from her red blood on the white snow.

The international festival Martishor is a widely-celebrated Spring holiday of love, peace, friendship and multicultural art promoting the mutual enrichment of national cultures.

The goal of he festival:
The festival Martishor will continue to be an annual tradition.  It will strive to bring together people of different nationalities, deepen mutual understanding, bring to the audience the most important events of musical art, and revive the social culture in California.

Objectives of the festival:
All the collected proceeds will go to the development of children’s sports in Ukraine, and introduce the various ways to help the charitable organization Olimpic Foundation.

Explore the museum of Moldavian Culture. Taste many different wines with traditional, enjoyable Moldavian food. Later enjoy the remarkable concert.

What is included in General Admission?
A fabulous concert with world class Moldavian dancers, singers and artists (no assigned seating, some chairs and tables at the bar area will be provided).

AFTERPARTY Euro Dreams Events.
Food court and bar is available all day!