We had shown such balls for the Christmas holidays, but you can use the same idea to make “giant” red and white martenitsas.
You need thick yarn, good-quality balloons (thinner ones will burst) and not-too-diluted PVA glue. Wrap tha yarn around the balloon and cover well with PVA glue. Be sure to cover every centimerer – when you burst the balloon, the places without glue will be soft. Leave to dry very well (it took us about a day, but the balloons were close to the radiator).
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.