Chestita Baba Marta!

Lesson: Understanding the World

Class: Y3 Year: 2018 - 2019

This afternoon Rosianna taught Ruby Class all about an ancient Bulgarian tradition - Martenitsa.  

On March 1, Bulgarians celebrate a traditional holiday called Baba Marta which is related to welcoming in Spring. On this day, Bulgarians exchange Martenitsi (twined red & white threads made of wool, silk or cotton) and tell each other, "Chestita Baba Marta!"  This custom is to wish good health, luck and happiness to family and friends.  

In Bulgarian folklore, Baba Marta is a grumpy old woman who changes her mood very quickly and this reflects the changeable weather in March.  When she is smiling, the weather is sunny and warm, but if she gets angry the cold will stay for longer and it may even snow.  By wearing the red & white colours of Martenitsa, Bulgarians ask Baba Marta for mercy, to make winter pass quickly and for spring to arrive.

Thank you Rosianna for telling us all about it and for your kind gifts for us all - Chestita Baba Marta!

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