A Bulgarian Tradition!

Hello people!It’s time to talk about something else in real life,rather than virtual worlds and Panfu! I am going to mention finally something from my own country,so you could learn some other stuff about it.I am from Bulgaria and we here have this tradition here,including an item called ”martenitsa”. Here is some start-off information from Wikipedia:
Martenitsa (Bulgarian: мартеница, pronounced [ˈmartɛnit͡sa]; plural мартеници martenitsi) is a small piece of adornment, made of white and red yarn and worn from March 1 until around the end of March (or the first time an individual sees a stork, swallow, or budding tree). The name of the holiday is Baba Marta. “Baba” (баба) is the Bulgarian word for “grandmother” and Mart (март) is the Bulgarian word for the month of March. Baba Marta is a Bulgarian tradition related to welcoming the upcoming spring. The month of March, according to Bulgarian folklore, marks the beginning of springtime. Therefore, the first day of March is a traditional holiday associated with sending off winter and welcoming spring.

The same tradition is also held by thοse in the Republic of Macedonia, as well as in Greek Macedonia and Patras in the Peloponnese[citation needed]Romanians also have a similar but not identical holiday on March 1, called “Mărţişor“. If and how these two holidays are related is still a matter of debate between ethnologists.

And,now if you ask,what does it symbolize?Here is Wikipedia again to tell you:
The red and white woven threads symbolize the wish for good health. They are the heralds of the coming of spring in Bulgaria and life in general. While white as a color symbolizes purity, red is a symbol of life and passion, thus some ethnologists have proposed that, in its very origins, the custom might have reminded people of the constant cycle of life and death, the balance of good and evil, and of the sorrow and happiness in human life.

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

This is an old pagan tradition that 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. 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.

Martenitsi are always given as gifts. People never buy martenitsi for themselves. They are given to loved ones, friends, and those people to whom one feels close. They are worn on clothing, or around the wrist or neck, until the wearer sees a stork or swallow returning from migration, or a blossoming tree, and then removes the Martenitsa and hangs it on a blossoming tree. A legend, first attested in the 20th century, says that the Bulgar Khan Asparukh wanted to send a message to Bulgars across the Danube. He tied his letter with a white string to the leg of a white pigeon. The Byzantines saw the pigeon flying and shot it with an arrow. The message was delivered but the white string was stained with the red of the pigeon’s blood. The Bulgars then started to wear this thread.

I hope you understood very well,what is a ”martenitsa” and what it is used for!The tradition is pretty fun here!Here are some more pictures by the Internet to show you more stuff about the martenitsas:

Martenitsas,tied on hands of children:

Different kinds of martenitsas for sale:

Unpacked martenitsas,ready to be given to people:

Martenitsas,put on a tree:

A martenitsa,tied on a hand:

Pizho and Penda,the traditional figures representing the tradition:

And that’s all for now guys!Happy Baba Marta to all! 😀

~The Panfu Cheats Team

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