Martakia - March Bracelets
The “Martaki bracelet” is an ancient custom for the beginning of Spring. It is believed it dates back to ancient Greece and it is known all over the Balkans.
The name is derived from the Greek word for the month of March, “Martios”! From March 1st, it is a tradition, for adults and especially children, to wear a bracelet made of twisted white and red thread. The white symbolizes purity, and the red color stands for life and passion.
The bracelet is worn for the entire month and removed on the last day of March. After taking off the bracelet, it is hung on a fruit tree so the tree remains healthy and produces many fruits.
The 1st of March also indicates the beginning of Spring in Greece, and the hope for warm days and a lot of sun. Therefore, especially for young children, wearing the Martaki bracelet also means you are protected from the burning sun.