This postcard is very suitable for the youngest artists. To make their job easier, you may glue thick yarn around the martenitsa outlines. Paste the inside with glue and let the kids fill them with pre-cut yarn. Cut out and glue on a colored sheet of paper.
You can print out the templates from here:
What is ‘martenitsa’?
In Bulgarian folklore the month of March is often portrayed as a plump, cheerful old lady, “baba Marta”. The 1st day of her reign is celebrated with red and white ornaments in various designs – as bracelets, brooches, pom-poms…
The origins of this ritual are lost in time, but the meaning is clear – they are luck charms you give away to wish good health (and good looks, too!) Friends, family, even pets and domestic animals get one.They are also a countdown to spring – you wear them every day until you see the first stork, or swallow, or blossoming tree. Then you take themartenitsa off and tie it to a branch.