domingo, 3 de marzo de 2013

Баба Марта

Grandma March Day (or simply Baba Marta, Bulgarian: Баба Марта) is a holiday celebrated in Bulgaria, on the first of March. Martenitsa - usually in the form of a wrist band, woven by combining red and white colored threads - are worn on that day and through March, until a stork or a bloomed tree is seen, symbolizing warmer weather and well being. Older Bulgarians call it Birch Month, because it is around this time when birch trees start growing leaves and give sap. There's much folklore about Grandma March Day and the character of Baba Marta herself. The greeting exchanged on this day is Chestita Baba Marta (Честита Баба Марта – Happy Baba Marta, often shortened to ЧБМ on greetings cards).
There are various theories and suggestions (even several legends, involving real historical figures) about the symbolism of these two particular colors - red & white, from which Martenitsa are made. An obvious explanation and perhaps a common belief people share, is that "red" stands for "life/birth" and "white" denotes "anew/on clear grounds". Combined together, they mean "newborn", "rebirth", "a new beginning"; a celebration of Life and Survival. Another popular explanation is that white stands for wisdom and red for good health, which means that anyone giving you a Martenitsa is wishing you both throughout the new year.
In March, these amulets, worn around one's wrists and on their attire, can be seen almost everywhere in Bulgaria and in the neighboring regions. Being a purely pagan ritual by origin, Baba Marta Day is one of the oldest, still existing traditions in Christian Europe.
 Story of Baba Marta
In folklore, Baba Marta is presented as a sister or a woman of great long-horned beetle (January) and small long-horned beetle (February). She is always dissatisfied with them - or her drinking wine (if her brothers), or have done any more harm. The old woman (bride)'s angry, hence the weather breaks. According to a widespread story, an old woman kozarka gave rise to his flock in the mountains last March days, thinking that Baba Marta will bestow on her a good time because she is as old as her. Baba Marta is angry, asked a few days borrowed from his brother in April and received them. These days are called in folk tradition "borrowed days", "zaemnitsi", "few days". Martha let the strong snows and blizzards that freeze kozarkata and her flock in the mountains. Frozen become a pile of rocks that flowed healing..
On holidays she performed ritual acts, which are believed to cause its favor. Participants in her holidays were women, girls and children. It is believed that she likes older women, and they should not under any circumstances cause her anger. Baba Marta is celebrated on March 1, March 9 (Mladenci) and March 25 (Annunciation). The holidays are associated with the spring meeting.
las martenitsas, pulseras tejidas en hilo rojo que significa según la tradición búlgara vida-nacimiento y blanco que significa nuevo, que entrelazados quiere decir renacimiento o nuevo comienzo. Tal día como hoy todo el mundo las intercambia con los mejores deseos.
Celebra la llegada de la primavera con CBRB y regala una martenitza!

Como cada año, Carla  Bulgaria Roses Beauty celebra la llegada de la primavera búlgara con su promoción Chestita Baba Marta.

El 1 de marzo en Bulgaria se celebra la llegada de la primavera. Todo el mundo se regala pulseritas de lana roja y blanca (martenitzas) y se dicen: ¡Chestita Baba Marta!

Las colocan en sus muñecas hasta que ven la primera cigüeña de la temporada y la atan en un árbol. 

Este gesto les da suerte para todo el año. Es una tradición muy arraigada en Bulgaria Carla Bulgaria Roses Beauty lleva celebrándola aquí desde sus comienzos, hace ya 5 años.

El nombre de Chestita Baba Marta se lo debemos a la gran dama de la primavera búlgara: Baba Marta; una viejita de humor tan cambiante como el tiempo en estas fechas. 

Cuando llueve dicen que Baba Marta está triste, y cuando sale el sol es porque sonríe. 

Esperamos que celebres con nosotros ¡Chestita Baba Marta! ¡Feliz primavera!

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