Big paper martenitsas
These big martenitsas are easy and quick to make.
You will need two A4 sheets of paper – white and red.
Fold each of the sheets by the middle (lengthwise).
Draw 10-12 equal lines as shown above.
Cut them with scissors.
Glue both ends.
Finally, just shape the circle.
We put a red tape to make our martenitsas more beautiful.
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.