Many years ago, an old woman named Dochia had a stepdaughter whom she hated. On a terrible winter's day, Dochia gave him a very dirty coat, asking him to wash it in the river. The young girl washed her for a long time, but the harder she washed her, the blacker her coat became.
Then a man named Martisor appeared. She told him what had happened to her. Then Martisor offered her a red and white flower and urged her to wash her clothes once more and then return home.
When the girl got home, the canvas was white as snow.
Old Dochia couldn't believe her eyes. Suddenly he saw the flower in the girl's hair. The old woman thought that spring had returned and she had gone with the flock to the mountains. The weather was fine on the way, so he gave up the coats he was wearing. In the end, however, she was caught by the drizzle. The old woman was left alone on the mountain, the frost came and the sheep were turned to stone. Since then, red and white have symbolized the struggle between good and evil, between winter and spring.