All Bulgarians celebrate on March 1 a centuries-old tradition and exchange “martenitsi” on what is called the day of Baba Marta, which this year dawned with a shy sun, spelling relatively nice weather ahead.
Martenitsi are red and white coloured wristbands, or figurines, that symbolise health and happiness. They are given away to friends and family. People are supposed to take off their martenitsi when they see the first signs that spring has already come - a blooming tree or a stork. When the martenitsa is taken off some tie it to a tree - one that they’d like to be especially fruitful.