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1st March – one of the best feasts/traditions in Bulgaria/Balkan Peninsula.

March 3, 2014

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Happy 1st March, everyone! Wish you all the best luck, happiness and health possible J!

As every time at the beginning of the first month of spring, I couldn’t refrain to share some photos and some explanations about one of the most wonderful feats and customs/traditions at the Balkan Peninsula. At 1st March, people in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania, Moldova, even in north Greece give one another small (or not so small) souvenirs (Marchers, or martenitsi – мартеници) made of white and red threads. According to the tradition, then we pin them on our clothes or tie them on our wrists (depends on the type of the Marcher), so that we could be lucky and healthy throughout the year. The red thread symbolizes blood, life, the white thread – purity and happiness and the ancient custom goes that the oldest woman in the family has to tie Marchers on the wrists of the children to protect them against bad luck and to help them to be healthy. Marchers are used to be tied on wedding bouquets and on the herbs that are picked on 24th June (the day of John The Baptizer), or on the vessel in which the first milk on 6th May is milked (the day of George The Dragon Slayer). Then, to fulfill the purpose of the Marchers, they have to be hanged and tied on a tree that gives fruit when the first stork (or in some parts the first migratory bird) comes in spring, or when the first blossom appears on such a tree. Marchers could be put under stone too and could be used to predict the future – if there are ants under that stone after a month, the year will be fruitful and prosperous. Then, the good luck and health will be present throughout the year too.

That’s why one could see Marchers on the clothes or wrists of every man, woman and child on 1st March in Bulgaria. Later, the small red and white souvenirs hanged on the trees at many places after a month, are the same amazing view, as are all the stands on the streets and super-markets full of Marchers at the first days of March.    

The Marchers custom is at least a thousand years old. Though there are many different hypothesizes for its origin, no one is certain which one of them is the true one. According to one of these suppositions, the ancient Bulgarians were the first who used Marchers, after an important, won battle. Then, the sister of an ancient Bulgarian king sent a message to her brother in the form of a “Marcher” – two white threads, one of them dipped in the blood of the dead soldiers…   

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Happy 1st March + some advice for flu healing + some jokes :)

March 2, 2013

ImageImageHapy 1st March, everyone! It’s a very special date for every Bulgarian! On that day we give one another small souvenirs, Marchers, made of white and red threads, we Bulgarians pin them on our clothes for good luck and health or tie them on our wrists, then wear them until we see the 1st stork or the first blossom on a tree that gives fruit, then we hang them on that tree or put them under a stone, so that the good luck and health won’t leave us troughout the year ;). This custom is so old, more old than 1300 years, can you believe that! It’s older than the foundation of Bulgaria itself!

As I was sick with flu for a week, I couldn’t refrain from re-posting some good advices for healing some of my facebook friends told me:

Mariya Doncheva Drink herbal tea with Maple Syrup (or brown sugar) and lemon a couple of slices !!! Eat hot chicken soup…with black pepper or red chilly at night and raw garlic or red onion for lunch!!!

Beverly Cialone Don’t know if you drink alcohol, but there’s a lot to be said for a “hot toddy”…a drink of liquor with honey and lemon added in…try it! In the meantime, hope you get to feeling better!

Mariya Doncheva And listen to favorite music … while relaxing !!!

Beverly Cialone And follow the regular advice as well…plenty of rest, liquids (hot liquids help break up congestion–coffee, hot tea, etc), make sure to keep your electrolytes balanced to avoid dehydration if you’ve been having stomach issues…don’t force yourself to eat if you’re not hungry, although bland foods like plain toast, saltine crackers, applesauce, bananas, etc,. help if you’re stomach is upset. So does ginger.

Hope the next jokes will make the weekend better for anyone :):

Two women are talking: “I don’t want a man that’s interested with my beauty, wealth, or state in society… I want one who’s interested with my soul…”

“Then, you are looking for the devil, my dear…?”

A guide in an African country: “In this country, every tenth person is a cannibal…”

“What about the rest nine persons?”

“Well, they are very close to break the world record at running at long distances…”

“Did you start to open your your window while you sleep, as I suggested?” asks a doctor his patient.

“Oh, yes.”

“Then, your asthma disappeared?”

“No, but my wallet, jewelry, credit cards did…”

And the quote from a future book of mine: There are things more important than life and death, beauty and ugliness, money and success, etc… One of them is called moral. my future Lake Mystery.

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