Martenitsa is an accessory that Bulgarian people wear during the month of March according to an ancient tradition. The red and white are the classical colors for the martenitsa. Red is a symbol of health and white of happiness. At the end of March or at the sight of stork martenitsas are put on trees or in fields in hope for more fruit and better harvest.

Often martenitsa are shaped a couple – one female called Penda and one male called Pizho. Martenitsas are popular with kids and adults and bring a lot of color to the spring in Bulgaria. Below is my Martenitsa embroidery.

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12 Коментари to “Martenitsa”

  1. Kim Says:

    Wow thanks for the great information.


  2. Hootin' Anni Says:

    How very interesting…that was some great history. I love this kind of post!!

    Here is MY R T If you come visit…scroll down below my Heads or Tails entry to find my Ruby Tuesday. :o)

  3. carolynUSA Says:

    I love traditional photographs from all countries. They are the heart and soul of the people. How colorful these are and their meanings are something to think about…nice post.

  4. Kathy Says:

    Thanks for sharing a bit of tradition from your country. I had not heard of martenitsa before.

  5. Maria Says:

    Thanks for sharing and I love your photos:)
    Have a great tuesday!

  6. Greensboro Daily Pho Says:

    Love it when we learn about culture! Great story, great embroidery!


  7. dianne Says:

    beautiful reds!!

  8. Anna's Adornments Says:

    Nice red dolls! Perfect RT-post!

  9. Kathy Says:

    How neat 🙂 Happy Ruby Tuesday

  10. mizhelle Says:

    thats an interesting tradition 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    u may view mine here

  11. zikata Says:

    Great blog!
    I just got my martenitsa today (with a day delay)
    You can read my blog post on celebrating March 1st in Boston 🙂

    Chestita Baba Marta!

  12. Dina Says:

    Oh nice! I remember, several decades ago, learning a little about this from an old Bulgarian couple who lived in Israel. But now, thanks to you, I have the whole story.
    Hope your lovely martenitsa brings you health and happiness.

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