Thursday, February 25, 2010

Martenitsa - a piece of adornment for welcoming the Spring

This is Bulgarian Tradition:

Martenitsa is a small piece of adornment, made of white and red yarn and worn from March 1 until around the end of March.

On the first day of March and few days afterwards, Bulgarians exchange and wear white and red tassels or small dolls called Pizho and Penda. In Bulgarian folklore the name Baba Marta (meaning Grandma March) is related to a grumpy old lady whose mood swings change very rapidly.

***Give your friends and relatives this piece of adornment for Health and Friendship. ***
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about 4 inch (10 cm.)

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This is an old pagan tradition and remains almost unchanged today. The common belief is that by wearing the red and white colours of the martenitsa people ask Baba Marta for mercy. They hope that it will make winter pass faster and bring spring. Many people wear more than one martenitsa. They receive them as presents from relatives, close friends and colleagues.

Martenitsa is usually worn pinned on the clothes, near the collar, or tied around the wrist. You can hang it at home, wherever you want, pin it on your bag or coat, hang it on the wall or everywhere else.

The tradition calls for wearing the martenitsa until the person sees a stork or a blooming tree. The stork is considered a harbinger of spring and as evidence that Baba Marta is in a good mood and is about to retire.

Surprise your friends and relative with something untypical for your culture. Surprise them with this positive tradition, of giving small piece of Spring.

Are you ready for Spring?


  1. CUTE! And I am so ready for Spring. Great blog.

  2. I've heard of Martenitsa but never knew what it was all about! Very interesting! :)

  3. never heard of this tradition, very interesting, and I like the dolls

  4. Interesting! I visited Sophia years ago, wonderful people, beautiful city and countryside.

  5. I visited Sunny Beach a few years ago it was very nice and the people were so friendly and helpful. I enjoyed hearing about this tradition.

  6. This is adorable. Good luck with it!

  7. Was looking for your Saturday Blog Shoppers post. Will try to check back later. Some cute items though.