Bazaars for selling Martenitsas


As every year the children from PINK handcrafted traditional Martenitsa to be sold and given to friends and relatives on the 1st of March.

From the 26th of February to 1st of March, the “St.St. Cyril and Methodius” school in Pernik is organizing a charity bazaar in collaboration with the PINK foundation, for selling martenitsas in the lobby of the school. The collected funds will be donated for the treatment of a child cancer, who is a student in the same school.  We hope all students and their parents to support this cause!

Also on March 1 at 11 am in the town of Tran will be a bazaar for martenitsas made by the children attending the ‘Jewelry and Decoupage’  and the ‘Art workshop’ clubs. The bazaar is going to take place same as last year in front of the ‘Gyurga Pindjurova’ community center.

On the 1st of March Bulgarians celebrate “Baba Marta” which literally translates to ‘Grandma March’. One of the symbols of this tradition is the Martenitsa which is given on the 1st of March to friends and relatives . The Martenitsa symbolizes the beginning of spring and the new seasonal cycle. They are usually made of white and red threads, sometimes in the shape of a boy and a girl (named Pijo and Penda), with attached to them clasp pins to put on a coat or a jacket. Even though in the latest years Martenitsas come in every shape and with added colors to the red and white, the tradition of giving them to the people you love stays the same and is loved by children and adults.

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