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Daemon
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Drymiais

In Macedonia, the first three days of March are known as Drymiais and are associated with a number of superstitious beliefs. No trees are pruned or planted during this period because it is believed that they will wither. On March 1, one custom is for Macedonian mothers to tie pieces of red and white yarn around their children's wrists. When they see a swallow, the children throw the skein of yarn to the bird as an offering, or place it under a stone. If they lift the stone a few days later and find a swarm of ants beneath it, they can expect a healthy and prosperous year. More...
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'On March 1, one custom is for Macedonian mothers to tie pieces of red and white yarn around their children's wrists. When they see a swallow, the children throw the skein of yarn to the bird as an offering, or place it under a stone.'

In Romania we have a rather similar custom, called Mărţişor. We give each other red and white yarn and we're supposed to wear those threads pinned on our bosom :p or tied around the wrist until the trees bloom, and then we tie those threads to a blooming tree...







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Posted: Saturday, March 1, 2014 8:20:04 AM

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There must be so many varied customs worldwide to welcome spring. It appears to be far away here in Orillia ON where the snowpiles are still over two metres high. 1 March, 2014
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My drive way here in New England is a sheet of solid ice--treacherous--and more snow is on the way. I grew up in Chicago were there was a real spring with tulips and croeus coming up the frist week of March. The Russian Orthodox Church celebrated spring with walking around the exterior with lighted candles. Our Catholic Church would bless the eggs in the baskets. When I would see a fat red robbin on the lawn I knew spring was on the way.
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My drive way here in New England is a sheet of solid ice--treacherous--and more snow is on the way. I grew up in Chicago were there was a real spring with tulips and croeus coming up the frist week of March. The Russian Orthodox Church celebrated spring with walking around the exterior with lighted candles. Our Catholic Church would bless the eggs in the baskets. When I would see a fat red robbin on the lawn I knew spring was on the way.
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