You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘martenitsi’ tag.


 

Yesterday, Google’s logo wore a martenitsa, the traditional Bulgarian symbol of the coming of spring! The martenitsa is an ornament made of intertwined red and white wool, often in the shape of a boy and a girl.  It symbolizes the arrival of spring, good health, and fertility.

We start wearing the martenitsa on March 1st, the day of Baba Marta (Grandmother March), and we wear it until we see a budding tree or a stork.

March 1st is also popular in Romania and Moldova under the name Martisor. Google called its file Martisor but it linked to articles about Baba Marta.

I just received some martenitisi from my cousin and my mom. I wonder how my colleagues at my internship will react when I present them one each?

Read my article about hanging martenitsi on trees in Boston.

 

Advertisements

In springtime in Bulgaria, blossoming cherry trees are covered in red-and-white martenitsi.

 

 Today, the Bulgarians in Boston also celebrate Baba Marta! March 1st is the day that marks the beginning of spring!      

The legend says that Baba Marta, or Grandmother March is a good old lady with a changing temper. When she is happy, she sweeps away the winter, cold old Dyado Mraz (Grandfather Frost), and makes way for the sun and the beautiful young Spring. But when Baba Marta is angry, she brings cold March winds.      

On this holiday, we give each other martenitsi , small adornments made from white and red wool, which symbolize good health and vitality during the new year.  We tie martenitsi on the children’s wrists, wear them as brooches, decorate the house with them, and tie them on domestic animals and fruit-trees . We keep our martenitsi on until we see a stork or a budding tree. When we do see these heralds of spring, we tie our martenitsa on the tree-branch, put it under a stone, or set it flowing in a river.      

A martenitsa can have many designs, but the most popular is Pizho and Penda, who are a white wool boy and a red wool girl.

 

I was so disappointed that I had forgotten to bring martenitsi from home (again)! But thanks to my good friend Vladi, I have a martenitsa now! Thank you Vladi! Keep the Bulgarian traditions in Boston going!      

Chestita Baba Marta! 

*** 

Read my post on Trifon Zarezan, the unique Bulgarian holiday of vine-growers and wine-makers, which we celebrate together with St. Valentine’s Day.

Enter your email address to subscribe to Zikata's blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 71 other followers

Follow me on Twitter!

Share this Blog

Share |
May 2018
M T W T F S S
« Jul    
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031  

Read it? Rate it!

RSS Getting curious:

  • 'Royal Wedding: A Bad Lip Reading' is here and there's a golden unicycle up for grabs, people
    If you had trouble engaging with the royal weddingand some of us didperhaps this fresh look at the ceremony will capture your fancy? The always dependably absurd Bad Lip Reading channel on YouTube just delivered, in record time, its take on Harry and Meghan's big day and it's nothing short of a revelation.You didn't know about the giraffes, di […]
  • Woman behind the Aflac duck brings you two animated ovaries
    The woman behind the Aflac duck and Herbal Essences' Totally Organic Experience has a new mission: bring egg freezing to the masses.Linda Kaplan Thaler Productions has created a new digital and social-media campaign for Manhattan specialty practice Extend Fertility starring two animated "chill eggs"one swings in a hammockwho advise women that […]
  • Zuckerberg's European inquisition more like a European vacation
    Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg had his day in European parliament and it went much easier than his appearance in Washington, D.C., last month. (Translation: The format made it easier to evade questions.)The Facebook CEO was in Brussels, the seat of the European Union's government, to answer for privacy and data lapses brought to light from the Cambridg […]
  • Watch the newest ads on TV from Snapple, Taco Bell, Duracell and more
    Every weekday we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than eight million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time yesterday.A few highlights: Duracell asks, "Do you need the most trusted battery in your […]
  • Dear CFO: This is why I should go to Cannes (according to the Cannes Lions)
    With the Cannes International Festival of Creativity just a month away, organizers have released a "Convince the CFO" kit with resources to help people get the OK to attend from C-suite typesincluding a ready-made letter and a "budget-holder friendly week plan.""We don't ever meet people who don't want to go to Cannes Lions […]

Your Green Eyes

Ad

Advertisements