This is “Marti” or “Martia” , an ancient custom, with a Balkan diaspora. The custom is believed to have its roots in Ancient Greece and specifically in the Eleusinian Mysteries, where the mystics tied a thread, the Kroki, on their right hand and their left foot, as the folklorist Nikolaos Politis observes.
Spring sun protection
They make it on the last day of February and wear it on the first day of March before leaving the house. In some areas the Martis is worn on the big toe like a ring so that its holder does not stumble.
When should we take it out?
This bracelet is taken off at the end of the month, or left on the roses. Some argue that they should look for a rose and hang it on one of its branches so that their cheeks turn red, like roses!
Then it will be picked up by swallows, which like migratory birds make their appearance again every spring and will be used to secure the new nest they will build.
On the other hand however the Christian Church through John Chrysostom has considered the custom pagan since the 5th century.
The nicknames of March in folklore
The “March bracelet” is just one of the many traditions of March, which is a month with a rich folklore tradition.
The popular imagination gave the month of March many nicknames, such as Anoixiatis (because it is the first month of Spring), Gdartis, Paloukokaftis Klapsomartis, Pentagnomos (for the changeable weather), Vangeliotis (due to the feast of the Annunciation), and others indications of his physiognomy related to qualities or actions attributed to him.