Right now, it’s marțișor (pronunciation above) in Moldova. This is a celebration of spring that happens on the first of March. Moldovans buy little red and white talismans, called marțișoare (martz-ee-shwaray), and pin them on the right side of their jackets or blouses. I found this out the hard way when I put all my marțișoare on the left side of my jacket, and a woman in our building kindly pointed out that I should being wearing them on the left side, over my heart. Hellooooo foreigner.
They buy them and give them out on the first of March, and then they all wear them for the rest of their month (on the left side, I might add). I posted photos of the ones my colleagues gave me below, for anyone who’s interested. Now I only need to figure out how to keep them from falling off. I have been utterly unsuccessful thus far.