Cleves News: The season for Martenitsas
The season for Martenitsas

The season for Martenitsas

Soon everyone will be wearing Martenitsas – red and white woven threads worn around the wrist or pinned to clothing and symbolizing for Bulgarians the arrival of spring.

The first day of March is a traditional holiday associated with sending off winter and welcoming spring.

Martenitsas are worn from March 1 until around the end of March. The custom is essentially to wish great health, good luck, and happiness to family and friends.

When someone gives you a Martenitsa you wear it until you see a stork, a swallow or a fruit tree in blossom for the first time in the season.

After that the tradition is to tie it on a blossoming tree.

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