Two Bulgarians recently decided to spread a Bulgarian tradition of giving Martenitsas away to people randomly on the streets of London.
Martenitsa is a small piece of adornment, made of white and red yarn and worn from 1st to the end of March. It is also worn the first time an individual sees a stork, swallow, or budding tree.
The red and white woven threads symbolize the wish for good health. They are the heralds of the coming of spring in Bulgaria and life in general. While white as a colour symbolizes purity, red is a symbol of life and passion, thus some ethnologists have proposed that, in its very origins, the custom might have reminded people of the constant cycle of life and death, the balance of good and evil, and of the sorrow and happiness in human life.
Watch this video to see how the two Bulgarian ladies had fan while giving away Martenitsas in London. You’ll also be surprised to see the joy they brought to those who were lucky to receive Martenitsas.