The custom of Martis

According to the spring tradition of “Martis” adults and children wear a small bracelet made of twisted red and white (and sometimes gold) thread for the entire March. The tradition dates back to ancient Greece and the Eleusinian Mysteries and is held throughout the Balkans.

The bracelet was said to protect from the burning sun of March. In several regions in Greece, at the end of the month, the bracelet is placed on rose buses after they’ve seen the first swallow, so it can pick it up and build its nest.

By the end of February, the Greek Erasmus team welcomed March making beautiful flower bouquets, tied with twisted red, white and gold thread and offered them to parents and teachers. This gift was offered together with a small card with traditional lines about March.