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.