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Friday, 1st March

Baba Marta`s Day

Bulgarian and foreign students from the school welcomed Grandmother March (Baba Marta). British School of Sofia (#BSS) celebrated this day by organising a Martenitsa workshop where students from all ages took part in making and gifting martenitsas. 

This year the idea of the workshop was represented in an informative way to get the international students acquainted with this Bulgarian custom. What `s more, there were tours to one of the historic scientific centres in Bulgaria, where the students from KS1 and Kindergarten had a group discussion on the topic: "The History of Martenitsa".

Traditionally on March 1st and for a few days afterwards, Bulgarians exchange and wear white and red decorations. The belief says that martenitsa is an amulet, consisting of white and red woollen threads. It has magic power and symbolizes health and long life. It calls for wearing the martenitsa until the person sees a stork, a swallow or blossoming tree. The stork/swallow are considered signals of the Spring and the martenitsa is tied to a blossoming tree as a symbol of the approaching Spring as well. 

The most common martenitsa is a set of small dolls (a male and a female) called Pizho and Penda and it can be seen on the photos. 

We wish you all a lovely Baba Marta`s Day!