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  Martenitsa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Martenitsa (Bulgarian:мартеница, plural martenitsi (мартеници)) is a Bulgarian tradition related to the 1
If the creature near the token is a spider, then the person is in trouble and might not have luck, health, or personal success.
The "martenitsa" is also an stylized symbol of nature.
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Martenitsas are pinned up or fixed in a similar way on one's left side - above one's heart, on the overcoat, the jacket, the dress, the pullover, etc. Everybody buys them to give them as presents to the loved ones, especially children.
Martenitsas were attributed a magic power believed to protect folks from "ill fortune", mostly from diseases and an evil eye.
Insofar as they are not known among the rest of the Slavs, martenitsas are probably a heritage of the Thracians, the ancient native population of modern-day Bulgaria.
www.omda.bg /engl/ethnography/marten.html   (651 words)

  
 Martenitsa (marteniza, martenica) the secret amulet of Bulgaria (Baba Marta)
People take off the martenitsa from their neck when they see a swallow which symbolizes the neck to be graceful and long as of the bird.
This widespread practice of wearing of Martenitsa and its exclusive stability in the Bulgarian folk culture is explained with the believed magical power of the red colour.
Along with the garlic, the metal coin, the blue beads, and wolf's or snake's tooth, the red woolen thread is believed to have the magic power to chase away the evil spirit, the demons and the illneses.
www.angelfire.com /folk/balkan/martenitsa.html   (969 words)

  
 March 1 Baba Marta Tradition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The Martenitsa should be made with one’s eyes closed so that snakes should become blind and not notice passers-by.
This widespread practice of wearing of Martenitsa and its exclusive stability in the Bulgarian folk culture is explained with the believed magical power of the red color.
Along with the garlic, the metal coin, the blue beads, and wolf's or snake's tooth, the red woolen thread is believed to have the magic power to chase away the evil spirit, the demons and the illnesses.
www.littlemiracles.org /forum/index.php?board=6;action=display;threadid=132;start=0#msg227   (2213 words)

  
 Heralding health and the harvest - Culture Shock news
Martenitsa time lasts from the beginning of March until the acknowledged arrival of spring.
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 removes the martenitsa to hang it on a tree.
The red fabric of the martenitsa drives away wickedness and evil, and should be worn on the chest, wrist or in the hair, while white signifies longevity and eternity.
www.sofiaecho.com /art.php?id=8898&catid=47&PHPSESSID=00e760d33555d15bc9a1bdc77b96ff61   (535 words)

  
 BGGLOBE - Bulgaria travel guide, аccomodation in Bulgaria, tourism, landmarks, holidays, vacations, sea, mountain, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The “martenitsa”, a symbol of the wakening of the earth for a new life and the cult to sun, is the sign of March.
The martenitsa is a unique amulet that provides protection from the power of evil and the wearing of a martenitsa is a magical ritual act: the twisted white and red woolen threads protect the person from the mechanisms of the fl magic.
The bachelors wear the martenitsas with their ends spread and the elders on the contrary make sure their martenitsas are well and neatly arranged, so that they don’t fly around at gatherings.
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 The Official Tourism site for Destination Bulgaria   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
When someone gives you a martenitsa you should wear it either on your neck or pinned on your shirt until you see a stork.
The custom of wearing martenitsas (red-and-white threads worn as a decoration) is only popular in Bulgaria and it is perhaps the most positive one in all our folklore.
The traditions related to March 1st as well as the martenitsas themselves are associated with optimism and anticipation of warmer weather, fertility and well-being.
www.bulgariatravel.org /etis/opencat/catID/694   (309 words)

  
 Freeway - What is Martenitsi?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Martenitsa- this is what Bulgarian people call a tiny decoration which they present to their friends on March 1st with wishes for good health and happiness throughout the year.
The traditional Martenitsa consists of two tassels of red and white woollen threads.
Then you throw it in a river for your luck to flow like a river, hang it in an apple, plum or peach tree, or put it under a stone- if there are lots of ants nine days later, it will be a prosperious year.
free1.freeway.org /issue19/artiklar/martenitsi.htm   (242 words)

  
 Europe - our common home   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
A key part of the holiday is the preparation of the so called martenitsa - one red and one white thread twisted together with one red and one white tassel attached to the two ends.
Those who live to the north of the country tie the martenitsa to the branch of a fruit tree, hoping that their wish will come true.
The martenitsa is worn for health, happiness, for encouraging the growth and fertility of people, livestock and crops.
www.zseusocrates.republika.pl /bulgaria/bgfest/1stmarch.html   (372 words)

  
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Martenitsa is what the Bulgarian people call a tiny decoration, which they present to their friends on March 1-st with wishes for good health and happiness throughout the year.
The traditional Martenitsa consists of two tassels of red and white threads.
Then you throw it in a river for your luck to flow like a river, hang it in an apple tree, plumb or peach tree, or put it under a stone - if there are lots of ants nine days later, it will be a prosperous year.
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 Bulgarian Martenitsa More
But first of all your eyes will be captured by martenitza (martenitsa, martenica).
It is believed to have the magic power to chase away the evil spirits, the demons and the illneses.
We wear martenitsa, because we believe that hereon everything will be better, we smile because the winter is over, the spring is coming.
www.geocities.com /bulgarian_martenitsa/Bulgarian_Martenitsa_more.html   (198 words)

  
 Baba Marta - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bulgarians wear martenitsi (singular martenitsa) to observe the occasion.
Baba Marta is a fictional Bulgarian angry old lady, connected to a seasonal tradition, called Martenitsa.
She changes her mood very rapidly and the Bulgarians give red and white tokens called Martenitsi to please Baba Marta, so she will not make them cold.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Baba_Marta   (195 words)

  
 myEUROPE Articles-Martenitsi - MyEurope
Other people put the 'martenitsa' under a stone and the believe is that they will be as strong as stone.
If a worm bites the 'martenitsa', it will be a very healthy year and we will have success.
A spider should not crawl over the 'martenitsa' because that means that we are in trouble and we might not have all that luck.
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 Favorite holiday or feast
A martenitsa is made of two interwoven threads: one white and one red.
The martenitsa tradition is believed to have been introduced by the Thracians who lived here many many years ago.
When a friend gives you a martenitsa (as is the custom) you think of a wish while he/she ties it around your wrist.
www.englishforums.com /English/FavoriteHolidayOrFeast/pmrd/Post.htm#77166   (486 words)

  
 MARTENITSA Choir, Sydney, Australia, Balkanfolk   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Sydney based choir Martenitsa was formed by Mara Kiek in late 1990 with the assistance of the Australia Council's Performing Arts Board.
Modelled on the magnificent Bulgarian state choirs, Martenitsa has become one of the most highly regarded and innovative choirs in Australia.
Martenitsa has commissioned a number of new Australian works by Sandy Evans (premiered in 1997), a new work by Bulgarian composer Ivan Spasov (2000) and various pieces by Llew and Mara Kiek, including a setting of the poetry of Marcia Malionova-Anthony.
www.folkloredances.com /catalogue_MARTENITSA_Choir,_Sydney   (187 words)

  
 About Martenitsa
Usually Martenitsas are made from Red and White wool threads.
Martenitsas are usually pinned to lapels or ties around firsts and worn till the first stork is seen.
Martenitsa is something which people gave each other and bring not only in Bulgaria but also in Romania and Albania.
www.mimipet.com /folklore-life11.asp   (301 words)

  
 Masons   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Also according to tangra.org, the so called "closed swastika", a symbol of the 4 interchangeable red and white Cosmic Epochs or Ages was an old Bulgarian symbol.
Regional variations of this custom have special places where you can put martenitsa: on the wrists, on your neck as a necklace or on your left side of your dress.
According to tangra.org, the so called "closed swastika", a symbol of the 4 interchangeable red and white Cosmic Epochs or Ages was an old Bulgarian symbol.
ultimate-bulgaria.com /masons.htm   (961 words)

  
 Festivals and Customs
One of the merriest and richest festivals in a ritual aspect are Christmas and the New Year, when the so called 'sourvakari' make the round of houses with wishes for health and prosperity.
Every year on the 1st of March, the Bulgarians give each other 'martenitsas' - small figures made of white and red threads, a symbol of the awakening, of spring, health and happiness.
In late May and early June every year, the rose-picking season starts in the Valley of Roses which stretches between the Balkan Range and the Sredna Gora Mountains.Rose-picking starts at dawn, before sunrise and before the rose fragrance has had a chance to disappear.
www.travel-bulgaria.com /content/festivals_and_customs.shtml   (212 words)

  
 Untitled Document
This legend of the martenitsa leads us back in time more than 1300 years ago, before the foundation of the Bulgarian state.
This is the martenitsa - one red and one white thread twisted together with one red and one white tassel attached to the two ends.
The Bulgarians tie a martenitsa on the right wrist, pin it to a lapel or wear it as a necklace, so that the relations that unite them be never cut off!
www.cetije.acad.bg /projetlycee5/ObTr1/Engl/Link7.htm   (631 words)

  
 Baba Marta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Before the beginning of March each year Bulgarians present to relatives and friends martenitsa (also known in some Bulgarian regions as martenka) - a double red and white tassel - to bring health and happiness.
The red and white colours symbolize the snow and the blood from an old story where, a stork brings the blessing for health to a small child from its parents, who are far away.
The giving of the martenitsa makes you feel to expect the Spring very soon.
members.westnet.com.au /karov/rodinaInc/english/baba_marta.htm   (356 words)

  
 Baba Marta (Grandmother March)
This tradition is based upon the founding of Bulgaria in 681 AD and there are many more than one folk-legend about the origin of this celecrated day.
Sometimes even the fruit trees, the handles of the door, or the vines in the vineyard also have their own martenitsa.
On the days preceeding March 1, streets in all of Bulgaria are lined with displays such as this one.
www.abvg.net /Traditions/Marta/Marta.html   (1810 words)

  
 Gallery   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
On March 1st Bulgarians celebrate the end of the Winter and the beginning of the Spring by exchanging red and white tassel designs, called a Martenitsa, which symbolises health.
People wear Martenitsas on their clothes or on their wrists, until they see a sign of Spring, like a stork, a swallow or a blossoming tree.
The Martenitsa then will be taken of and many people will tie it to a fruit tree to wish it health and luck.
www.detelinaconsult.com /photo-gallery/albums.php?set_albumListPage=2   (140 words)

  
 FaCAB Newsletter - April 1998 Back Issue   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
I never have found a written version of a Baba Marta or Martenitsa story...but have sort of developed one from the plots that I have been told by some Bulgarian friends.
MARTENITSA used to be made in simple designs, but now one sees all kinds of fancy designs, some even in from silk.
In modern Bulgaria the MARTENITSA are simply worn the entire month of March for good health.
www.webprincess.com /facab/jan99.htm   (6914 words)

  
 Ectophiles' Guide - Mara! with Martenitsa Choir   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The album is a seasonal cycle, and the text is from commissioned poems by Bulgarian poet and Martenitsa Choir advisor Stefan Kozuharov with music by Sandy Evans.
The Martenitsa Choir has a separate, self-titled album.
Mara Kiek appears on the soundtrack to Passion: The Story of Percy Grainger and Llew Kiek served as consultant, on-set advisor, and ukelele & guitar teacher to the actors for the same film.
ectoguide.org /guide.cgi?genre/traditional/mara.martenitsa.choir&p=2   (279 words)

  
 Fronskie Feint | News Archives: February 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The tassels, called "martenitsa" in Bulgarian, are placed on every Bulgarian's lapel or wrist on the first day of March every year.
The ritual of presenting family and friends with a "martenitsa" originates from an old story where a stork brings to a child blessings from his parents who are far away.
Then the "martenitsa" is tied to the twig of some budding tree.
www.fronskiefeint.com /news/news-archive-2-2004.shtml   (2687 words)

  
 Martenitsa Magic at the Military Club - Life&Leisure news   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
About 200 guests partied the night away at the Martenitsa Ball held in aid of the Bulgarian Cultural Heritage Committee at Sofia’s Military Club.
In keeping with the traditional good luck colours of March, several revellers dressed in white and red, and variations of the lucky charm were everywhere.
Sofia Echo Media cannot be held responsible for the statements contained in visitor comments.
www.sofiaecho.com /article/martenitsa-magic-at-the-military-club/id_4010/catid_32   (175 words)

  
 bulgaria   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
This symbol is believed to protect the people, guard their happiness and health.
The white-and-red thread, called martenitsa, is taken off and put under a stone when the flocks of storks start coming back to the country in the spring.
Sometimes, martenitsa, can be tied to the branch of a tree to ensure that this tree will be healthy and give a lot of fruit that year.
www.willamette.edu /wits/llc/worldnews/xmar04a/bgrositsa.html   (376 words)

  
 Bulgaria's Top Financials Awarded Golden Martenitsa
The annual prize for financial achievements, the Golden Martenitsa, was awarded Monday night to Raiffeisenbank.
The Made in Bulgaria Union conferred the award for successful completion of tha bank's EUR 20 M credit lines extended to assist small and medium-size enterprises in Bulgaria.
The Golden Martenitsa Award for top investments went to the breweries Shoumenko Pivo and Pirinsko Pivo.
www.novinite.com /view_news.php?id=31682   (458 words)

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