Baba Marta is a mythical character in Bulgarian folklore. The personified months are January, February and March. January and February are presented as brothers with spicy characters-Old Sechko and Young Sechko. Baba Marta is considered their sister who is sometimes smiling and benevolent, but sometimes unpredictably evil. Baba Marta is actually an image of the spring-summer sun. For that reason in some areas people called March "letnik" (from the Bulgarian word for summer) and considered this month the beginning of summer in the old days because they divide the year only into two seasons winter and summer. ORIGIN The custom of tying a martenitsa (twisted white and red woolen threads) on March 1, comes from the ancient Bulgarians whose leaders (called Khans) used to bound martenitsa-s on their tribesmen in order to have fighting force, health and longevity. Today, the holiday is known in Bulgaria, and has spread in Romania, Greece, Macedonia and Serbia. On March 1, everyone adorns a martenitsa-s on a prominent place: clothing, wrists, in hair and even decorate their homes. Martenitza-s are also hung on fruit trees and on cattle in the farm - for a good harvest and fertility for the coming year. Old Bulgarians believed that there was an evil force in nature called the "badness", which also woke up in spring and in the folk beliefs first of March marks the beginning of spring. Martenitza was believed that possessed magical power to prevent from the "badness" and also from disease and evil eye. Early in the morning housewives hung washed clothes in front of their homes and put red aprons, yarn, rugs or red yarn twisted. They kept the house from evil - disease and poverty. As seen them Grandma Martha would laugh and sun would appear. Red symbolizes the female strength , health It is a sign of blood, conception and birth. Originally females wedding dresses are red. The white color of martenitsa initially symbolizes masculinity, strength. Later, under the influence of Christian mythology denotes virginity and chastity white is the color of Christ. Martenitsas should be twisted as girls are twisted around the lads. Brides wear martenitsas on the right, girls –on the left. Lads wear them with combed edges and mature men – cut to the knot, in order not to behave irresponsibly at gatherings. Martenitsas are removed only when you see the first stork or swallow. The belief is that if you see a stork in flight, everything in the year will go well as if "flying". And if the stork has landed, you will be sleepy and lazy next summer. So wish in such a moment was "Stork fly and I fly." Martenitsas are hung on a blooming or green tree, or put under a rock. The next day guesses are made for people’s health according to creatures which are there. Therefore martenitsa is also known as a fortune teller. The first martenitsa-s for adornment of people and animals were just twisted red and white threads with no additives to it. In some areas on the strings a gold or silver coin and a blue bead were tied. The folk tradition Is vital and strong. Now it brings a lot of joy and beauty to our people, it loads with energy and hope, gives love and protection for young and old. One of the most characteristic type of martenitsa is of a male and female figure, coupled with twisted red and white thread and named in the ancient Bulgarian names Pijo and Penda. TRADIOTIONAL BULGARIAN CELEBRATION Be white and red, Rosy and smiling.