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Bulgaria, a White Stork

Bulgaria, a White Stork

Bulgaria, Sungurlare, a Stork in Flight 2012

Bulgaria, Sungurlare, a Stork in Flight 2012

 

 

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Baba Marta Day - a festival in Bulgaria.

Bulgaria, Baba Marta Day, Martenitsi Bands

Baba Marta Day is held on March the first each year, when Baba Marta (Granndmother March) has to be kept happy, or the frosts and snow will return, instead of welcoming an early spring.

Friends traditionally give each other red and white woven or fabric wristbands, called Martenitsi, a sign of their wish for you to enjoy good health and happiness in the coming year.

The wristbands are worn - without removal - until one sees a sign of spring, for example a budding tree, or more traditionally a stork returned from Africa after the winter, signifying the return of spring.

This year (2012) I saw my first stork on the 21st of March, when I saw at least forty feeding in an agricultural field just ploughed by a tractor. The Martenitsi are then removed from the wrist and put onto a tree that you wish to especially fruit well that year.


 

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Bulgaria, Close up of a White Stork in flight

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Bulgaria, Sungurlare, First Storks of the Year 2012

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