Wreath “Baba Marta” – A Strange Project

Do you remember the Bulgarian tradition “Baba Marta“? You can read it again if you forgot.
This is a beautiful and fun tradition for health and happiness.

To decorate with a wreath is not typical, but I love it. This year I made a project “Baba Marta Wreath.”

Here’s how it started.

the beginningTwo weeks ago I made both dolls from yarn. They are a characteristic symbol of tradition. Their names are Pijo (for the man – white doll) and Penda (for the woman – red doll).

Pijo and Penda

I wanted the wreath to brings spring mood and to looks fresh. That was the reason to used plastic flowers resembling snowdrop.

like snowdropAnd here is the finished wreath.  Do you feel how it smells of spring? :)))

The wreath "Baba Marta"Here, you can see models 2016 of martenitsa.

Do you like the wreath? 🙂 Here, you can make order and buy it.

Enjoy with us. Why not?

Happy Baba Marta! :))

Thank you for visiting!

Iva

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What is “Baba Marta”?

It is a very interesting Bulgarian holiday and I want to explain it.

This holiday called  is”Baba Marta“. In English, this means – old lady Marta. The Bulgarian name for the month of March is Mart because the old lady’s name is Marta. She is like Santa but brings martenitsa. There is different stories to Baba Marta and her symbols but I will describe them shortly.

What is martenitsa?
On first of March, the Bulgarians tie on their hands or on the clothes, knitted from white and red wool yarn amulets. This called is martenitsa. The wool yarn is a symbol of work and prosperity. The red color symbolizes the love and life. The white color is a symbol of the wisdom and peace. The Bulgarians belive that martenitsa brings health and luck, and that is good sign before spring.
When the Spring comes, the people tie martenitsa on a fruit tree in bloom.

Martenitsa - necklace

Martenitsa – necklace

photocat model 1 мартеници photocat model 5 photocat model 4This tradition is very old. It comes from 6-th or 7-th century. In the past the women made martenitsa. Now, the people buy a lot of martenitsa from the stores or the street vendors.

You can buy martenitsa from e-shop, if you want to share the Bulgarian tradition. It is for health and good luck and it is fun.

Happy Baba Marta and  Happy Spring !

… and candy for you!

A box for candy or other things.

A box for candy or other things.