Baba Marta (Grandma March Day) 1st March
Date: March 1st
Mythical Figure: Grandma March
About Baba Marta
Baba Marta (Grandma March) is believed to be a feisty lady, who always seems to be grudging at her two brothers, while the sun only comes out when she smiles. As folklore there are different versions of the Baba Marta tale. One says that on that day she does her pre-spring cleaning and shakes her mattress for the last time before the next winter – all the feathers that come out of it pour on Earth like snow – the last snow of the year. You can also find a similar reference in German folklore called ‘Frau Holle’ or ‘Mother Hulda’ legend.
Baba Marta Traditions
Bulgarians wear Martenitsa unti the first signs of spring – commonly when the arrival of the first storks are seen, when they tie their martenitsa to a tree. An obvious explanation to why these colours are combined together, mean “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 these coloured bands or figurines wish you health and happiness during the year and is a reminder that spring is near.
Participants in her holidays are women, girls and children. It is believed that she is fond of older women, and they should not under any circumstances cause her anger.