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wiki: Grandma March Day (or simply Baba Marta, Bulgarian: 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. Older Bulgarians call it Birch Month, because it is around this time when birch trees start growing leaves and give sap. There's much folklore about Grandma March Day and the character of Baba Marta herself.

There are various theories and suggestions (even several legends, involving real historical figures) about the symbolism of these two particular colors - red & white, from which Martenitsa are made. An obvious 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 new year.In March, these amulets, worn around one's wrists and on their attire, can be seen almost everywhere in Bulgaria and in the neighboring regions. Being a purely pagan ritual by origin, Baba Marta Day is one of the oldest, still existing traditions in Christian Europe.

In folklore, Baba Marta is presented as a sister (or a wife) of the great long-horned beetle (January) and the small long-horned beetle (February). She is always dissatisfied with them - they are either drunk on wine, or they do other harm. The old woman (bride) becomes angry, hence the weather breaks. According to a widespread story, an old shepherd decided to rise her flocks up in the mountains during the last days of March, thinking that Baba Marta would bestow good weather on her because she was as old as Marta. Baba Marta became infuriated by being considered old, and asked her younger brother (April) to lend her a few days. April granted her wish and these days are called "borrowed days", "zaemnitsi", "few days" in the Bulgarian folk tradition. Marta let out the strong snows and blizzards that froze the shepherd and her flocks in the mountains.

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SiwySzczur Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Piękne :)
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hello-heydi Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dzieki ;)
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! I love this style! You are great artist!
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hello-heydi Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you ;)
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alex10332 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tło jest genialne, szczególnie po lewej stronie :u
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hello-heydi Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dziekuje :D
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deer-o Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Student Photographer
trawa przypomina mi linie papilarne. Tak miało być, czy to jedynie moja nadaktywna wyobraźnia ?
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hello-heydi Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
niestety to moje niechlujstwo, tlo mialo byc plomieniem wiosny :D
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deer-o Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Student Photographer
oh :( wybacz!
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