Marzanna – Spring 2018

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, is a folk custom that survives in the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, and Slovakia.  Her names are 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.

They are held on the Spring Equinox (20–21 March). The rite involves preparing an effigy in female clothing, and either setting her on fire or drowning in a river (or both). Today this is often performed during a field trip by children in kindergarten and primary schools. This ritual represents the end of the long and cold days of winter and the welcoming of the spring rebirth.

Below is the video from 2017s burning…

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

If you join us next year in making your Marzanna, the instructions are here and let us know your making one:

https://eldermountaindreaming.com/2016/03/21/folk-traditions-of-burning-marzanna-transformation-from-winter-to-spring-goddess/

 

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