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Baba Marta

Baba Marta

Mar 01, 2020 TO Mar 01, 2020
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Baba Marta is a mythical character in Bulgarian folklore (Baba means “Grandma” and Marta means “March”). Many customs and celebrations dedicated to sending off the winter and welcoming the approaching spring are associated with Baba Marta and the month of March. Rituals for chasing snakes and lizards, as well as divination related to some migratory birds, are performed throughout the month. According to the beliefs, on 1st of March, people, trees and animals are decorated with pieces of red and white twisted threads, symbolising health and happiness and a lucky charm against evil spirits. According to Bulgarian folklore, the white is a symbol of purity, innocence, beauty and joy. The red is associated with health, vitality, fertility and bravery.