Customs & Traditions

Martis or Martia
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Dearest friends,

This little bracelet is called MARTIS or MARTIA and mothers used to make it for their children-now we make it ourselves-to protect them from the first hot sun of spring.

It’s hard to believe that in this weather today,we know,but we are keeping our hopes high that it will get better soon.

The MARTIS bracelet custom dates back into time,as you can imagine-everything here does,right?-and was found in the Elefsinian rituals, Its name was KROKI and it was a bracelet worn by the priestesses of the temple in Elefsina around their right hand and left foot.

You are supposed to wear it during the whole month and then, when the first swallows are back, you hang it on your rose bushes so that the swallows take them to build their nests.
If you don’t have rose bushes, hang it somewhere for the swallows to see.
If you live in the centre and have no access to birds, roses, etc…..save it for next year!

YES, BUT HOW IS THE MARTIS MADE? I can hear you ask.

This is how it’s made:

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