03/01/20 - 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 - From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH -03/01/13 - 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 toAlan Cohen ('57)!
Happy Birthdaythis week to:
08 - The late Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs (June '38)(d. 04 July 2007) - also Mother of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA AND the late Doris Harris Burns ('38) (d. 14 Aug 2018) - 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.|
THIS DAY IN 1970:
|March 01, 1970 - Author, filmmaker, artist, scholar and musician Jason V Brock was born Jason Vincent Brock in Charlotte, North Carolina.|
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 02/28/15:
|“We cannot foresee
what the Lord has in mind for us. Our only course of action is to be
prepared and worthy for whatever he requires. We must govern our actions
every day with our future in mind.”
M. Russell Ballard
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 03/01/20:
|Thank you, Joan!|
From Carlene Matthews Vannoy ('60 / '64) of VA - 02/28/19:
|Thanks, Carlene - all the time!|
|“We have that Indian
scene. We can get the Indians from the reservoir.”
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/28/20, 9:32 AM - "Saint Patrick's Day" (#1 in a Series of 17):
Wishing you all a happy Saint
Don't forget to wear green.
OOH! Thank you, Shari!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/28/20, 9:12 AM - "Funny Dogs" (#1 in a Series of 22):
~ I hope these pictures make
you smile. ~
BAH-HA-HA-HA! Thanks, Shari!
|Yarn dolls (Pizho and Penda) - "...You NEVER make or buy a martenitsa for yourself; it has to be gifted...."|
BONUS MARTENITZA RECIPES:
BONUS: AUBREY FERGUSON'S (d. 22 Feb 2017) SECRET CRAB CAKE RECIPE:
http://myfishpad.com.mynetworksolutions.com/#sthash.TRSh9J5J.dpuf- "Aubrey was a generous and kind man who always put others first. He wanted to continue this kindness by sharing his famous crab cake recipe."
From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 02/28/19:
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
THREE WAYS TO DONATE:
2.Go to www.PayPal.com, log in, select "Send Money (Services) to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
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
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Animated Navy Flag clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Army Seal clip art courtesy of
Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Laughing Mouse clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 11/07/07
Jeffrey Holman's Image "A Drop in the Bucket" courtesy of https://tearsfromalonelygod.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/a-drop-in-the-bucket - 05/23/16
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