Баба Марта is a holiday celebrated in Bulgaria on the first of March. Martenitsa - usually in the form of a wrist band, woven by combining red and white colored threads – are worn on that day and through March, until a stork or a bloomed tree is seen, symbolizing warmer weather and well being. An explanation and perhaps a common belief people share, is that “red” stands for “life/birth” and “white” denotes “anew/on clear grounds”. Combined together, they mean “newborn”, “rebirth”, “a new beginning”; a celebration of Life and Survival. Another popular explanation is that white stands for wisdom and red for good health, which means that anyone giving you a martenitsa is wishing you both throughout the year.
While I was sipping coffee this morning I decided to snap a few shots of Miss E. enjoying this ancient Bulgarian tradition. She was, of course, readily available and very cooperating, as always .
Нека Баба Марта ви донесе здраве, румени бузки и много светлина в сърцата!
May Baba Marta bring you health, rosy cheeks and light in your hearts!