Happy Spring to all my friends in the Balkans and elsewhere !
The 1st of March is for Bulgarians and Romanians amongst others, a festive day : they celebrate the arrival of springtime 20 days ahead of any official calendar ! Probably because they're fed up with the winter dragging on... To mark this special day, it's customary to offer to family members, friends and colleagues a little brooch to wear on the lapel of the winter coat, until the sun's warm enough and there's no need to wear the coat anymore. They come in various forms, but the recurrent theme is "spring" and there must be white and red intertwined threads : red symbolizes passed hardships to be forgotten and white symbolizes the start of a new life, new hopes and clear perspectives.
May the first rays of sun bring you energy, warmth and lots of love !