by gradinski chai
Thu Mar 1st, 2007 at 03:29:36 AM EST
CHESTITA BABA MARTA...
For an explanation of this strange phenomenon...
Greetings to gradinski chai - afew
Today in Bulgaria is Baba Marta (Grandmother March). As I went around some of the streets of Sofia early this morning I saw the first few early risers wearing their traditional martenitsas. These are small emblems made of red and white string. They are either worn on one's coat or tied around the wrist or ankle. They are a token given by friends and family to remind us that the changes of spring are upon us. You wear them until you see the first tree flowering or until you see a stork. Then you take it off and either bury it or hang it on a tree branch. Taking care to do all of this brings good health to the wearer for the year.
I haven't been around very much recently due to some work and some personal situations that have taken much of my time and drained a good bit of my energy. I'm taking today to make a new beginning here at Eurotrib. While I won't be able to comment and post as frequently as before, I will be around.
I'm quite impressed with how much the community has grown over the past five months. My very good Baba Marta wishes to all of the old regulars who work to keep Eurotrib going and to new members that I hope to meet.