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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Greece’s Spring tradition of the “Marti” bracelets

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According to the spring tradition of “Marti”,” adults and children wear a small bracelet made of red and white thread from March 1st till the 31st.

The tradition dates back to ancient Greece and is held throughout the Balkans.

Nowadays, the custom is still carried on with the red and white threaded bracelet and it is worn throughout the whole month of March.

The bracelet was said to protect, especially children, from diseases and the rays of the sun, which are supposed to be very strong during March.

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Ο «Μάρτης» είναι ένα παμπάλαιο έθιμο εξαπλωμένο σε όλα τα Βαλκάνια. Πιστεύεται ότι έχει τις ρίζες του στην Αρχαία Ελλάδα, και συγκεκριμένα στα Ελευσίνια Μυστήρια.

Από τη 1η ως τις 31 του Μάρτη, συνηθίζεται να φοριέται στον καρπό του χεριού ένα βραχιολάκι, φτιαγμένο από στριμμένη άσπρη και κόκκινη κλωστή, τον «Μάρτη» ή «Μαρτιά». Είναι ένα έθιμο σύμφωνα με το οποίο αυτός που φορά το Μάρτη, κυρίως τα μικρά παιδιά, προστατεύονται είτε από ασθένειες γενικά ή «για να μην τα κάψει ο ήλιος».

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