Oublished in "Balkanfolk.com" on 27 February 2011
On Martenitza Day this year several cities around the globe will brighten up their squares with red and white Martenitza Trees. This project was initiated by an informal non-profit organisation of Bulgarian migrants in different countries who challenged all Bulgarian communities in the world to decorate a tree in every city on every continent for the traditional celebration of First of March, Baba Marta´s day. The main goals of the Project Martenitza are: sharing the ancient Bulgarian traditions with other cultures and creating a positive image for everything Bulgarian.
Marian Milanov is a Bulgarian artist who came up with the idea to decorate trees as martenitzas in 1992 and he has been wrapping trees in red and white fabric ever since. His beautiful martenitza trees in Varna sparked the international Project Martenitza.
For more information, to join the project or to participate in...