Bulgaria – Baba Marta and Martenitsa

Growing up with Values from Storytelling - Bulgaria - March 2021 - Baba Marta
On the 1st of March Bulgarian people celebrate a traditional holiday called Baba Marta (or Grandma Marta in English) and it is related to welcoming the approaching spring. People all over the world meet spring with joy and new hopes but in Bulgaria, it is saved as an ancient tradition.
One of the most ancient traditions in Bulgaria is called “Baba Marta” (literally – “Grandma March”). The martenitsa is a piece of decoration in red and white, which has two main versions. The traditional one consists of two little dolls – Pizho, the male, is red and Penda, the female, is white. You would usually pin this on your clothes. The other version is a bracelet, made of one red and one white thread, which you can put on your hand. The colors of the martenitsa symbolize Bulgarian beliefs: white is for good health and red is for fertility and to scare away the bad spirits.

Romania – Reading Together

The International Day of Reading Together is a global event attended by millions of people and is held every year in February. Reading aloud is a way to develop lexical skills, and children will love books and stories. Today, the second grade D students read together with the international community and we want this holiday to motivate us and read together, at home and at school, every day! We promise we will continue!