03/01/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Martenitza!
“The sun is brilliant in the sky but its warmth does not reach my face.
- M. Romeo LaFlamme, “The First of March”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
It's that time again!
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAS1RydqaPo - Martenitsa
BONUS #2 - From From Domi O'Brien ('64) of NH -03/01/13 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaQ3IhMfwXw - "Legend of the Martenitsa in Bulgaria"
Legend of the Martenitsa in Bulgaria
For more than 1,000 years, we in Bulgaria have celebrated our national holiday on March 1st called Baba Marta, Grandma March. Mart in Bulgarian is the name for the month of March. This holiday symbolizes the coming of spring.
Bulgarians wear a small special ornament made of red and white yarn on this day, called Martenitsa. We wear it until March 22, and some people wear it until they see a stork or the first buds of a tree.
Some like to wear the Martenitsa around their wrists. Sometimes people tie it to the branch of a tree or bush to leave there. You can find the Martenitsas hanging there in the branches as you walk outside.
The belief is that if you wear the Martenitsa, Baba Marta will help you, and spring will come more quickly. People often give a Martenitsa as a gift to a friend or relative.
The tradition comes from the following legend:
Khan Asparuh, the first Bulgarian king, had a sister called Huba. She was held captive in another kingdom. Asparuh sent a message to his sister that he had found a land where they could settle down south of the Danube River, a place that nowadays is Bulgaria.
When Huba got the good news from her brother, she managed to escape from captivity and run away. She rode on horseback without stopping until she reached the Danube River. She looked for some way to cross the mighty river but couldnt find a ford to pass across. So then she tied a thread of white yarn to one of the legs of a falcon sent by her brother and let him fly up into the air, holding the other end of the thin thread in her hands.
The falcon flew away to find a ford for passage across the river and just then, when he found a place, an arrow shot by an enemy pierced the falcon, and he fell to the ground dead. The yarn became red from his blood. Huba followed the thread she was holding and so she found the way to cross the great river and reach the country where her brother Asparuh had made his new home. Then they lived free and happy in the new land they called Bulgaria.
That day was March 1st, the new year in the tradition of those times. They called the white and red threads of yarn after the name of the month March, and named it Martenitsa.
The Martenitsa became a symbol of peace and love, health and happiness. The white color symbolizes purity and honesty in relationships, and the red color means life, passion, and cordiality in friendship and mutual love.
Since that time the red and white threads of yarn have come to symbolize the strong bond among Bulgarians around the world.
This special national holiday on March 1st reminds us of the values which the Martenitsa has carried down through the centuries.
And all Bulgarians everywhere wear it as an ornament on this special day, and for three weeks after that, until spring begins.
|Thanks, Domi! This is really nicely done!|
From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 03/01/15, 10:50 AM:
Prayers please for my closest friend, Cheryl Pless Ramsey, Class of 1964. Cheryl was diagnosed yesterday with Pancreatic and Liver Cancer. Thank you.
Dee Hodges Bartram, Class of 1966
Oh, Dee, I'm so sorry to hear this! Cheryl will certainly be in our hearts and prayers!
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today toAlan Cohen ('57)!
Happy Birthdaythis week to:
Shirley Eanes Matthews ('66)
08 - The late Mildred Mae Linkous Spriggs (June '38)(deceased 07/04/07) - also Mother of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA AND Doris Burns ('38) - also Mother of Steve Burns ('65) of MN!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
450 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|March 01, 1565 - The city of Rio de Janeiro was founded.|
200 YEARS AGO TODAY:
|March 01, 1815 - Napoleon returned to France from his banishment on Elba, start of the Hundred Days.|
THIS DAY IN WWII:
|March 01, 1939 - A Japanese Imperial Army ammunition dump exploded at Hirakata, Osaka, Japan, killing 94.|
THIS DAY IN 1965:
|Monday, March 01, 1965 - Jockey Stewart Elliott was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.|
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 02/28/15:
|“We cannot foresee
what the Lord has in mind for us. Our only course of action is to be
prepared and worthy for whatever he requires. We must govern our actions
every day with our future in mind.”
M. Russell Ballard
|“We have that Indian
scene. We can get the Indians from the reservoir.”
From Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 02/28/15:
Does the class of '65 have a website any longer?
Thank you, Sarah Sugah! This seems like such a straightforward question, yet I somehow thought of two or three ways in which it could be interpreted. I think the older I get the more obtuse I become.
I'll just go with the easy one first. Let's answer with a simple Yes.
Even when I'm not producing Newsletters for a time, or I'm down and out, or out of town, or having computer issues, or whatever, the website and its archive persist, thanks to the generosity of our schoolmates and friends who pay the yearly fees for our server, , and frequently pick up my monthly internet costs.
The site address is included at the very bottom of each Newsletter and email that I send: http://www.nnhs65.com/
The archive, containing literally hundreds of pages, is here: http://www.nnhs65.com/SITE-MAP.html
If this does not answer your question, let me know and I'll try again!
From Kitty Dichtel Heffington (Ferguson HS - '73) of VA - 02/28/15 - "Info please .... Check out this site":
|Check out this site... Especially "this day in
history" plus there are other things in it that you might be able to use
in the newsletter...
I found it by accident when I was trying to locate the distance between two places... It has lots of categories.
No need to respond... I really like your tidbits and this might give you some additional ideas.
Keep up your great job!
Kitty and Terry Heffington
WOWZERS! How cool! Thank you, Kitty!
From My Husband, Paul Harty (Bardolph HS, IL - '61) of NC - 02/28/15 - "It's a miracle! He's healed!!":
a miracle! He's healed!!
WATCH TO THE END .
Thanks, Haul Party!
This is definitely a cat
after my own heart!
"Y'all have fun with that fresh air and exercise, ya heah?!?"
From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 01/16/15 - "Old Age (#9 in a series of 9)":
Senior Humor - Old age looks like a lot of fun, can hardly wait to get there.... SAID NO ONE EVER!!!!!
WILD GIGGLES! Thank you, Ruthie! These have been scarily funny!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 01/14/15 - "This should change your mood ... (#7 in a series of 18)":
No matter how GRUMPY you may be right now ~ this should change your
Have a great Day. Laugh, and then sing “It's a Beautiful Day" even when
AWW! Thank you, Joan!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 02/24/15 - "A Mix of Quotes (#3 in a Series of 10)":
|COOL! Thank you, Shari!|
BONUS MARTENITZA CRAFT PATTERNS:
|http://www.incultureparent.com/2013/02/baba-marta-day-craft-martenitsa/ - Yarn dolls (Pizho and Penda) - "...You NEVER make or buy a martenitsa for yourself; it has to be gifted...."|
BONUS MARTENITZA RECIPES:
From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 02/28/15:
|Farmer Joe was in his car when he
was hit by a truck. He decided his injuries from the accident were
serious enough to take the trucking company (responsible for the
accident) to court. In court the trucking company's fancy lawyer was
questioning farmer Joe. "Didn't you say, at the scene of the accident,
'I'm fine'?" said the lawyer.
Farmer Joe responded, "Well, I'll tell you what happened. I had just loaded my favorite mule Bessie into the...."
"I didn't ask for any details,"
the lawyer interrupted, "just answer the question. Did you not say, at
the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine'!"
The lawyer interrupted again and
said, "Judge, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of
the accident, this man told the Highway Patrolman on the scene that he
was just fine. Now several weeks after the accident he is trying to sue
my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the
DATES TO REMEMBER:
|1. Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.|
More Cica Rece da me Zeni
"More Cica Rece da me Zeni" midi courtesy of http://ifdo.pugmarks.com/~seymour/midipage/midipage.html - 03/01/09
Martenitza Image courtesy of
Red and White Ribbon Divider line clip art courtesy of http://www.webweaver.nu/clipart/bar3.shtml - 03/01/09
Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy ofSarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Animated Navy Flag courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
Animated Silly Bear (designed by AF Artist - Ryan Hagen) courtesy of http://www.animationfactory.com - 10/04/05
Ferguson High School's Anchor clip art courtesy of
Steve Silsby (FHS - '72) of NC
Animated Laughing Cat courtesy
of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
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