03/01/13 - NNHS Newsletter - Martenitza!
“The sun is brilliant in the sky but its warmth does not reach my face.
- M. Romeo LaFlamme, “The First of March”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
It's that time again!
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAS1RydqaPo - Martenitsa
BONUS #2 - From From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH - 03/01/13, 10:20 AM - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaQ3IhMfwXw - "Legend of the Martenitsa in Bulgaria"
Legend of the Martenitsa in Bulgaria
For more than 1,000 years, we in Bulgaria have celebrated our national holiday on March 1st called Baba Marta, Grandma March. Mart in Bulgarian is the name for the month of March. This holiday symbolizes the coming of spring.
Bulgarians wear a small special ornament made of red and white yarn on this day, called Martenitsa. We wear it until March 22, and some people wear it until they see a stork or the first buds of a tree.
Some like to wear the Martenitsa around their wrists. Sometimes people tie it to the branch of a tree or bush to leave there. You can find the Martenitsas hanging there in the branches as you walk outside.
The belief is that if you wear the Martenitsa, Baba Marta will help you, and spring will come more quickly. People often give a Martenitsa as a gift to a friend or relative.
The tradition comes from the following legend:
Khan Asparuh, the first Bulgarian king, had a sister called Huba. She was held captive in another kingdom. Asparuh sent a message to his sister that he had found a land where they could settle down south of the Danube River, a place that nowadays is Bulgaria.
When Huba got the good news from her brother, she managed to escape from captivity and run away. She rode on horseback without stopping until she reached the Danube River. She looked for some way to cross the mighty river but couldnt find a ford to pass across. So then she tied a thread of white yarn to one of the legs of a falcon sent by her brother and let him fly up into the air, holding the other end of the thin thread in her hands.
The falcon flew away to find a ford for passage across the river and just then, when he found a place, an arrow shot by an enemy pierced the falcon, and he fell to the ground dead. The yarn became red from his blood. Huba followed the thread she was holding and so she found the way to cross the great river and reach the country where her brother Asparuh had made his new home. Then they lived free and happy in the new land they called Bulgaria.
That day was March 1st, the new year in the tradition of those times. They called the white and red threads of yarn after the name of the month March, and named it Martenitsa.
The Martenitsa became a symbol of peace and love, health and happiness. The white color symbolizes purity and honesty in relationships, and the red color means life, passion, and cordiality in friendship and mutual love.
Since that time the red and white threads of yarn have come to symbolize the strong bond among Bulgarians around the world.
This special national holiday on March 1st reminds us of the values which the Martenitsa has carried down through the centuries.
And all Bulgarians everywhere wear it as an ornament on this special day, and for three weeks after that, until spring begins.
|Thanks, Domi! This is really nicely done!|
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Alan Cohen ('57)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
Jerry Seay ('63) of VA AND
Robert Shapiro ('63) of VA;
04 - The late Mr. William Etheridge (NNHS Principal) - 1922 (deceased - 04/19/05) AND Roland McCoy (June '45) of VA:
08 - The late Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs (June '38)(deceased 07/04/07) - also Mother of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA AND Doris Burns ('38) - also Mother of Steve Burns ('65) of MN!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
|March 01, 1939 - A Japanese Imperial Army ammunition dump exploded at Hirakata, Osaka, Japan, killing 94.|
TODAY IN 1963:
|Friday, March 01, 1963 - Drummer Rob Affuso (Skid Row, Soulsystem) was born Robert James Affuso in Newburgh, New York.|
Thanks to Alvin and Jean Mizelle for sending this to us.
When I first started reading this email I was reading fast until I reached the third sentence. At that point, I stopped and started over, reading the article slower and thinking about every word.
This email is very thought provoking. It makes you stop and think. So, please read it slowly.
AND THEN IT IS WINTER
has a way of moving quickly and catching you
unaware of the passing years. It seems just
yesterday that I was young, just married and
embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet
in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I
wonder where all the years went. I know that
I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it
was back then and of all my hopes and
Stay well, "OLD FRIENDS!"
Thanks so much, Jack - and Alvin and Jean! Many of these same thoughts have been going through my head for the last few weeks...
From Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 02/28/13 - "Guess Who":
Bet you can’t guess who this blonde beauty is………..(click on the image to enlarge it), look closely and after you guess or give up, scroll down below the photo.
SCROLL A LITTLE FARTHER DOWN
JUST A LITTLE BIT MORE
Francis Bavier – better known as Aunt Bee on the Andy Griffith Show.
GASP! Wayne Honey, Bill Hobbs ('66 - of Northern VA) sent this to me a couple of days ago, and in my weakened, feverish condition it upset me so badly I rushed to my bed and pulled the covers over my head! What a cruel world!
Thank you, Gentlemen
- I think (although a lump is forming in my throat even
Fromnewsletter@jimrohn.com - 02/27/13 - "One of Life’s Great Lessons – Learn to be Thankful for What You Already Have":
One of Life’s Great Lessons – Learn to
be Thankful for What You Already Have
BONUS MARTENITZA CRAFT PATTERNS:
|http://www.incultureparent.com/2013/02/baba-marta-day-craft-martenitsa/ - Yarn dolls (Pizho and Penda) - "...You NEVER make or buy a martenitsa for yourself; it has to be gifted...."|
BONUS MARTENITZA RECIPES:
A Texas rancher was driving through Mexico and stopped at the edge of the road to admire the scenery and a beautiful white horse caught his eye. The horse looked healthy well kept and was in a separate corral. Just for tries the Texan asked one of the workers if the horse was for sale.
The worker trying to communicate said, “No, no, he no look too good.”
The Texan was not satisfied with the answer because he saw that the animal looked great and insisted on buying it. After a few arguments the worker arranged for the sale and the Texan took the horse back to his ranch. He rode the horse through his ranch and galloped to the barn when suddenly the horse ran right into the barn wall.
Frustrated the Texan took the horse back to Mexico and talked to the worker who sold him the horse and explained what happened.
The worker said, “I told you he no look too good.”
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Thursday, March 7, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch
Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at
Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above
Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon
is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends
in that year, go visit with them.
2. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.
3. Friday and Saturday, October 4 and 5, 2013 - The NNHS Class of 1963 will hold their 50-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Hampton on the Water. SEE: The website which has been set up for their class at www.nnhs1963.com; CONTACT: Frank Gibson, email@example.com, Joyce Williams Nettles, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Susie Overton Jones, email@example.com
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 02/26/13
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
More Cica Rece da me Zeni
"More Cica Rece da me Zeni" midi courtesy of http://ifdo.pugmarks.com/~seymour/midipage/midipage.html - 03/01/09
Martenitza Image courtesy of
Red and White Ribbon Divider line clip art courtesy of http://www.webweaver.nu/clipart/bar3.shtml - 03/01/09
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Crying Baby clip art courtesy of http://www.barbspics.com/baby/babypage06index.html - 09/28/05 (resaved 02/27/09)