Baba Marta (Grandma March) is celebrated on March 1 for over a thousand years. In Bulgarian folklore the name Baba Marta is related to a grumpy old lady whose mood changes very rapidly. We exchange small pieces of adornments, martenitsi are always given as gifts. It is supposed for people never to buy martenitsi for themselves. They are given to loved ones, friends, and those people to whom one feels close. They are worn on clothing, or around the wrist or neck, made of white and red yarn until we see a stork or a blooming tree. The red and white woven threads symbolize the wish for good health. They are the heralds of the coming of spring in Bulgaria and life in general.
To honour this day and to get some more holiday mood, I dressed as a human martenitsa today :)