01 март 2011

Chestita Baba Marta with FREEBIE by Damayanti :)

On the 1st of March Bulgarian people celebrate a traditional holiday called Baba Marta (or Grandma Marta in English) and it is related to welcoming the approaching spring. 
Peolpe all over the world meet spring with joy and new hopes but in Bulgaria it is saved as an ancient tradition.
On that day, Bulgarians exchange, so called "Martenitsi" ("Martenitsa" - singular, "Martenitsi" - plural) and tell each other, "Chestita Baba Marta!" (Happy Grandma Marta!). 


This custom is essentially to wish great health, good luck, and happiness to family and friends. 
The name "Martenitsa" is taken from the Bulgarian word for March, or, as a legend tells, an angry old lady called Grandma Marta - Baba Marta in Bulgarian ("baba" means grandmother and Marta comes from word "mart", which means March in Bulgarian). 
In Bulgarian folklore Baba Marta is a grumpy old woman who changes her mood very rapidly and it reflects in the changeable March weather. 
When she is smiling the weather is sunny and warm, but if she gets angry the cold will stay for longer and it may even snow. 
By wearing the red and white colors of the Martenitsa our predecessors asked Baba Marta for mercy. 
They hoped that it will make winter pass faster and bring spring.
The Martenitsa is made of twined red and white threads - woollen, silk, or cotton. 
The white is a symbol of strength, purity and happiness. 
The red is associated with health, blood, conception, and fertility.
The most typical Martenitsa represents two small wool dolls - Pizho and Penda. P
izho is the male doll, usually dominating in white color. Penda is the female doll, usually dominating in red color and distinguished by her skirt. There are many other variations and forms. Out of twined red and white threads are also made bracelets, necklaces, tassels, pompons, balls, squares, human or animal figures. Over the past several decades the tradition has been innovated by attaching all kinds of representations and symbols made of wood, leather, ceramics, metal foil to the thread-made martenitsas.
When someone gives you a Martenitsa you should wear it either pinned on your clothes, on the hand tied around the wrist, or around your neck until you see a stork, or a fruit tree in blossom for the first time in the season. After that you can tie it on a blossoming tree for fertility. It is believed that the Martenitsa bring health, happiness and longevity. Like kind of amulet, Martenitsa was attributed a magic power believed to protect folks from "ill fortune", diseases and an evil eye.
The custom of wearing Martenitsa is probably one of the most interesting Bulgarian (pagan) tradition and it is considered to be unique to Bulgaria. According to one of the many legends, this tradition is also related to the founding of the Bulgarian state in 681 AD.

Today my son and my mom have a BIRTHDAY!





Therefor I have a present to all of you!
FREEBIE "New Beginnings"


It will take one minute to say a thank you or I like it!
Thank you and happy scraping!

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46 коментара:

ivelina каза...

Blagodarq Dam ,strahotno e!

Eva каза...

Great, thanks!!

Stoyanka каза...

Честита Баба Марта!
Бъдете здрави, засмени и много щастливи.
Да са ти живи и здрави рожденниците.

Благодаря за страхотния подарък!

Vetra каза...

Ив, спасибо огромное за такую прекрасную фришку!! И конечно, с днем рождения твоего сыночка и маму!!!!

Cocotounette каза...

Wonderful kit ... Thank you so much for sharing !!

Jitka каза...

Thank you for your wonderful freebie and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your son and mom!

tanzen каза...

Thnak you and yes, I like it!

FILIPPOK_Nigusha каза...

Большое спасибо за чудесный подарок!
Поздравляю Маму и сына С Днем рождения!!!!

Людмiла каза...

Какая красота!!! Спасибо большое!!!
Поздравляю с первым днем весны и конечно же с днем рождения мамы и сына!!!

pauline каза...

oh so cute ! I just love the little sheep. Thank you.

Damayanti каза...

Ivelina, Eva, Stoyanka, Vetra, Cocotounette, Jitka, Tanzen, FILIPPOK, Людмiла, Pauline - THANK YOU girls, so much thank you!!!!

akizo каза...

wow, awesome freebie, Iva!!
thank you!!!
happy birthday to your mom and DS!!!

Damayanti каза...

Akizo - hugs to you! Thanks! :)

Kemerova каза...

Честита Баба Марта и за теб!
Прекрасна работа отноово!
Възхищавам се на уменията ти!
Поздрави!

Damayanti каза...

Люба, благодаря ти!!
Много си мила! :)

His каза...

Да са ти живи и здрави рожденниците! Честита Баба Марта и много усмивки!

Tony каза...

Да са живи и здрави рожденниците!
Все така усмихнати и много щастливи!

Честита Баба Марта!

lovetocraftbetty каза...

Beautiful gifts!! Thanks so much!

CraftCrave каза...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [02 Mar 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Lee Davis каза...

Thank you very much for the fantastic freebie. Your generosity is really appreciated.

bryanna каза...

Thank you for fantastic freebie and HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!

hékás каза...

fantastic freebie, thank you so much sweetie!
happy birthday for you son and for your mummy

Isabelle каза...

Thank you for kit but the part elements is defective: impossible to download (?)
Happy birthday for your Mum and for your son.

Barb каза...

Thank you! Happy birthday to your son and Mom...:)

HICHCHEI каза...

Happy Birthday X2!!!!!What a great kit Thanks so much for the freebie!!!!

SvetBond каза...

Спасибо огромное за такую красоту!

Cjournet13 каза...

Same problem as Isabelle : can't download the elements...
Thank you !

Deatles каза...

What a fun, adorable kit! Thank you so much for your generosity ... and a very happy birthday to your loved ones.

Dana каза...

Thank you so much for the wonderful kit.

mariana каза...

Blagodaria! this is a really nice kit and I love the post on Martenitsa - I was in Bulgaria for 4 and a half years, but unfortunately didn't get too much of the language:) However I have a lot of dear memories from there and I love Blagoevgrad:)

Damayanti каза...

Thank you very much girls!!!
To all fo you!!!
Girls - check again elements part - I try right now and working normaly!

Fairy White каза...

Thank you so much for a very interesting post! - it's so great to learn about traditions of other countries. And, of course, thank you for the freebie! :) It's really nice.

I also wish your son and your mother happiness, health and joy!

Carol каза...

Thank you for the freebie! But the part elements is impossible to download

Lilly каза...

Thanks , very colorfull!

Causa каза...

Thank you Darling !!!

Kait каза...

Thank you very much!

Antoaneta каза...

Mnogo blagodaria! Chudesen e! Chestita Baba Marta i zdrave za semeistvoto vi!

Ellie каза...

Beautiful kit but the links are dead. Thanks anyway for all of the wonderful designs you share.
Hugs, Ellie

lisbonlioness каза...

The links are invalid, but thanks for sharing the Baba Marta thing with us- I love hearing about customs and traditions from all over the world!

Lori T. каза...

Lovely! Thank you very much

Alice каза...

thank you for the kit

Tirza каза...

Thank you

Jennifer каза...

Beautiful & fun. Thanks so much for sharing it.

eveline каза...

thank you so much for this beautiful kit! happy (belated) birthday to your son and mom!

Angi каза...

/Thank you for hte kit - you do beautiful work.

Newbie каза...

Thank you for sharing. This is lovely.

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