It is said that the 'mărţişor' brings luck and happiness.
They’re made out of a red and white string, the red – stands for the winter, the white – for spring. Talismans are added to the cord, like four leaf clovers, horse shoes, chimney sweepers or hearts.
Tradition says that the ''mărţişor' string was threaded by Baba Dochia while she was taking the sheep to the mountains. Just like the thread of life, Dochia threads the string of the newly born year with the start of spring.