*This post is dedicated to “Johnny’s” Bulgarian relatives*
“I want to make a Baba Marta at school with Mrs.******”
Johnny’s Daddy’s Grandfather was from Bulgaria and over the last 5 years we have connected with his family and learned all about Bulgarian traditions. From March 1st to the end of March there is the tradition to wear a red and white decoration called Martenitsa. It’s part of a tradition to welcome spring and by giving someone you care about a Martenitsa you are wishing them health and luck. If you see a blossom bud on tree or stork you can take the Martenitsa off and hang it on a tree branch full of blossoms.
BaBa means “Grandmother” and Marta means “March.”
It was to hard for Johnny to say Martenitsa so I thought Baba Marta would be okay:)
On Friday morning I stuck on Johnny’s coat a handmade Martenitsa and explained to him the family tradition. He was so happy because he loves to celebrate holidays and special occasions. I also wrote a note in his communication book to let the teacher and EA know about it as well especially if they didn’t completely understand what he is saying.
If you want to know more about this wonderful tradition here is a useful link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martenitsa
I also follow this blog and she wrote about the Bulgarian tradition as well: http://girlmeetsbulgaria.com/2013/03/01/честита-баба-марта-happy-grandma-march-2013/
I aslo found a Martenitsa that Johnny’s Dad’s cousin sent from Bulgaria that fit nicely on “Little Princess’s” coat.