The Christian Church considers the custom to be pagan.
March or March is an old custom, with Balkan diaspora. It is believed to have its roots in Ancient Greece and specifically in the Eleusinian Mysteries, where the initiates tied a thread, the Crocus, in their right hand and their left foot, as the folklorist Nikolaos Politis observes.
According to custom, on the 1st of March, mothers wear a bracelet on their children's wrist, made of twisted white and red thread, in March or March, to protect them from the first sun of Spring, which is particularly harmful, according to popular belief.
March also protects, as believed, from mosquitoes and fleas and even removes diseases and other evils.
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 March is worn on the big toe like a ring so that the holder does not stumble.
This bracelet is taken out at the end of the month or left on the roses when they see the first swallow, for the birds to take him and build their nest or burn him with the resurrection light of Easter.
The Christian Church through John Chrysostom considers the custom pagan since the 5th century, reports sansimera.gr.
"March" in the Balkans
The March custom is celebrated the same and unchanged in Skopje as Martinka and in Albania as Verore. The inhabitants of our two neighboring countries wear bracelets made of red and white thread so that the sun does not "catch" them, which they release at the end of the month or when they see the first swallow.
Others again, tie in March to a fruit tree, to give it flowering, while some place it under a stone even if the next day they find a worm next to it, means the rest of the year will be very good.
Adhering to traditions and customs of centuries, the Bulgarians, on the first day of March, wear on their lapel ornaments made of white and red threads called Martenitsa.
In some parts of Bulgaria, residents place a piece of red cloth outside their homes so that "Grandma Martha" does not burn them (Baba Marta, in Bulgarian), which is the female personification of the month of March. Martenitsa functions in the consciousness of the Bulgarian people as an amulet, which in fact is usually offered as a gift among family members, accompanied by wishes for health and prosperity.
The white and red ornament of March 1 is called Martizor in Romanian. The red thread symbolizes the love for the beautiful and the white the purity of the snow-loving plant, which blooms in March and is closely associated with several customs and traditions of Romania.
According to mythology, God – Sun transformed into a young man and came down to Earth to take part in a celebration. She kidnapped him, Nevertheless, a dragon, resulting in the world being lost and plunged into darkness.
One day a young man, together with his companions he killed the dragon and released the Sun., bringing spring. The young man lost his life and his blood - says the legend- painted the snow red. Since then, It is customary on March 1 for all young people to knit "Martisor", with red thread symbolizing the young man's blood and love of sacrifice and white symbolizing purity.