A few months left to say goodbye to the cold winter days and welcome the sunny warm days of spring. As the sun shines, we can celebrate the coming of spring and welcome the sunny days in keeping with the custom of March.
What is the custom of March?
Marti, or Martia, is a custom according to which from March 1 until the end of March we should wear a bracelet or ring made of red and white thread or a rope in the same colors which twisted or braided.
Where does Marti come from?
Marti is an ancient custom that is thought to have come from Ancient Greece and more specifically from the Eleusinian Mysteries, where the Mysteries tied a thread they called Kroki. Kroki was a cluster of red and white cloth or thread that was tied to their right hand and left foot to protect them from any harm. Marti or March Bracelet was used to be made on the last day of February and men, women and kids wore it on the first day of March. On the last day of the month, they used to hung it on the tallest tree branch to take healthy swallows and take it to their nest to spin their healthy eggs.
What the custom of March symbolizes
According to an ancient superstition, when someone wears a bracelet or a Marti ring it is said to deter evil. According to the ancient Greeks, the red and white color protects its holder from evil and the cradle. For young children, as well as for adults, it is very important to wear Marti because it is said to protect them from diseases, from the sun burning but also to prevent its owner from catching the evil eye. When one wears it as a ring on the foot it is protected against falls and bumps, which is why very often in many areas we find small children wearing it as a ring on their big toe.
March is a custom that has spread to the Balkans and other countries. In particular, except Greece, Marti is worn in Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Moldova and other parts of the world. In Greece, it is customary to wear it on the left hand or both hands just above the wrist while in other countries it is even worn on the lapel as a pendant or they place red and white cloth outside the house to protect the whole family.
The March in today's era
In today's age, there is a huge range of bracelets and Marty rings available for trade, both small and large. We can now add a pendant or peg to the bracelet as well as pendant accessories that symbolize spring.
Visit Rin Tin Tin and choose from our wide range of materials available to make your own unique March bracelet.