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Human martenitsa

by Vassy M., girl from Bulgaria

27 comments · 2 · March 1, 2013


Vassy M. - National Art Martenitsa, Vintage Red Beret, Second Hand Red Blazer, Red Belt, Gap Red Bag, White Turtleneck, Red Gloves, Second Hand White Corduroy Pants, Red Booties, Handmade Red Bead Necklace, Avon Red Watch, Silver Ring - Human martenitsa
  1. Martenitsa

    National art

  2. Vintage red beret

    , in Berets
  3. Second hand red blazer

    , in Blazers
  4. Red belt

    , in Belts
  5. Red bag


    , in Gap Bags
  6. White turtleneck

    , in Sweaters
  7. Red gloves

    , in Gloves
  8. Second hand white corduroy pants

    , in Jeans
  9. Red booties

    , in Boots
  10. Handmade red bead necklace

    , in Necklaces
  11. Red watch


    , in Watches
  12. Silver ring

    , in Rings

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 :)

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Lowella rinna B.
Very i learned something new about your culture....happy :)
Vassy M.
I'm even more happy when I have a chance to spread something traditional and give some knowledge of our habits. Thank you so much!
Renee D
I love this so much!! What a wonderful story!♡
Vassy M.
I'm very happy you like it! Thank you so much for the heart! There is a legend behind the tradition too, but it will become too long for a fashion post :)
Renee D
:) Well, I will be doing some research! I love folklore:)
Susanna Vesna
Im Baba Marta! Hahaha! Red is my favourite colour and u look fab in this beret!
Vassy M.
Haha, so funny - you, Baba Marta! :D Thank you for the kind words!
Amethyst Cheairs
That's a great story. I love learning things I never knew. Thanks for the education! I love red with neutrals! And you wear red well. The bracelet is super pretty. Post more soon. :)
Vassy M.
Thank you very much, dear! I'm glad you like the story! I like telling stories about bulgarian culture and history, as I like learning such for other cultures :)
Amethyst Cheairs
Oh, please please please keep telling us stories. I'm fascinated by other cultures, and I love learning new things. I hope one day to travel around the world.
Ania Zarzycka
love your blazer <33 red <33333
Vassy M.
Thank you, my love! :)
Lucka S.
you look amazing!! Red really suits you! :)
Vassy M.
Thank you so much, my dear Lucka! You are too kind!
Ruxandra Ioana
It's an 8000 year-old tradition from the geto-dacian people. They thought the crossing between red and white will scare off bad luck :). Romania being a mix between romans and dacians, kept the tradition alive :D. I have Bulgarian roots as well btw ^^
Vassy M.
You don't say! The last one for sure made my day! :) So happy to have "met" you! :)
Ruxandra Ioana
My grandfather from my father's side was 100% bulgarian. He married my romanian grandmother :) . I was always curious about my past and yet, never been in Bulgaria. I want to visit someday.
It's nice to meet you too ^^
Vassy M.
Wish you to fulfil this goal soon! There is so much to see here! Maybe we should keep this topic on at some more private way ;)
Ruxandra Ioana
Thank you so much! I wish you a wonderful evening :)
your beaded bracelet is just cuuute!!
Vassy M.
Thank you, I'm happy you like it :)


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