On the Traditional and the “Patriotic” Martenitsa and the “Entanglement” of the Celebrations Cover Image
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За традиционната и „патриотичната“ мартеница и „сплитането“ на празниците
On the Traditional and the “Patriotic” Martenitsa and the “Entanglement” of the Celebrations

Author(s): Borislava Petkova
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Customs / Folklore, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: celebration/holyday; ritual; martenitsa; identity; patriotism

Summary/Abstract: The text aims to mark some new trends in ritualism by examining the active processes of “entanglement” of symbolically loaded elements in the rituals of the traditional holiday Baba Marta (March 1) and the Day of the Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule (March 3). As a result, a new cultural phenomenon emerged, tentatively called the “patriotic” martenitsa. The following paper marks briefly the symbolism of the martenitsa in a folklore context on the one hand, but the main emphasis is placed on the modern forms of use of the tricolor martenitsa as a symbolic resource in the context of the growing processes of declaring nationality and displaying various forms of patriotism. The descriptions and conclusions in the second part are the results of personal observations made in the period of February 25 - March 3, 2020 in Plovdiv.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 387-402
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Bulgarian