Burning of Marzanna – Spring 2019

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming (and compilations of information) – We are at the Spring Equinox and its time to burn our Marzanna. Each year in the tradition the rite involves the preparing of an effigy in female clothing and then her completion. The tradition of burning or drowning (Jare Święto) the effigy of Marzanna [Morena] is to celebrate the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring, a folk custom that survives in modern Slavic Countries and sometimes with Slavic people around the world.

Her traditional names are the goddesses Marzanna (Polish), Morė (Lithuania), Morana (Czech, Bulgaria, Slovene, Serbian, Bosnia, Croatia), Morena (Slovak, Macedonia), Maslenitsa (Russia), Mara (Belarus, Ukraine), Maržena, Moréna, Mora or Marmora. The rebirth of Kostroma, Lada and Vesna represents Spring. This tradition is held near or on the Spring Equinox (20–21 March) except for the Russians who do it on Meslinitsa around the last week of February or the first week of March.

slovak-folk-costumes “Drowning of Morena in the village Veľký Lom
Slovak “Drowning of Morena in the Village Veľký Lom.

If you would like to watch our video of our patron participators of their Marzanna Effigies they made on the Winter Solstice 2018, follow this link.

If you would like to join us next year in making your Marzanna and doing the three moons of Winter Ritual send us an email  (eldermountiandreaming@gmail.com) or go check in next Winter Solstice at our Facebook.

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