Baba Marta

According to tradition, Baba Marta brings each Bulgarian a red and white martenitsa on the first of March every year in order to send off winter and welcome spring. Bulgarian belief holds that pinning the red and white colors of the martenitsa to clothing near the collar earns Baba Marta’s mercy and guarantee of good health. In spite of her generosity, though, Baba Marta is a grumpy old woman whose mood swings often dump buckets of snow onto newly-bloomed early flowers and fresh-seeded crops.

Why would anyone dance on fire? The Bulgarian Nestinarki will explain that in the second book- Queen of the Black Sea.

A few other interesting Bulgarian traditions include: