The first month that marks the beginning of the spring begins in a day and for us all in Bulgaria, except for International Women's Day, it is also associated with Baba (Grandma) Marta and the martenitsa.
The digital guide team walks through the emblematic locations where, from the very first days of February, you can see stalls with a huge variety of martenitsa. The whole month you can gift them to your friends and family, as they bring a wish for health and fertility. The legend associates their appearance with the Proto-Bulgarians, and the custom of giving them is still typical of Romania, Moldova, Albania, Greece, Macedonia and Serbia (in some of them there are different customs around the giving).
This year, traditional woolen martenitsa in white and red are popular, as well as richly decorated Pijo and Penda, and ladybugs and storks as symbols of the awakening of nature: