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Festival Martishor: A Celebration of Moldavian Culture

  • Platinum Palace 11076 Coloma Road Rancho Cordova, CA, 95670 United States (map)

Festival Martishor: A Celebration of Moldavian Culture
Saturday, March 5, 2:00PM-Midnight
Platinum Palace, 11076 Coloma Road, Rancho Cordova
Adults $25 in advance, $35 at the door, Under 21 $10, Under 12 Free

Welcome to the 4th Annual Festival Martishor, presented at the Platinum Palace near Sacramento on March 5.

Get ready to experience:
Delicious authentic Moldovan food
Folkloric music ensemble HORA and artists from Moldova and Romania
Juggler Timothy and Peter Soruchan show from Las Vegas with rotating plates on unicycle
Dance performances and special guests:
Codreanca, Malko Dance Academy and Ukrainian Dance Ensembles Veselka and Sonechko
Fun kids activities
Contests with prizes

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 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.