tchestita Baba Marta

Posted by Daniela Elza on Mar 01 2010

Last night, with Canada winning gold at the hockey game the city was thrown into a celebration I could hear coming from all directions. People cheering, drumming, cars honking, even just going to the grocery store you are greeted with I love you. The energy is contagious.

Happy March 1st, to all, especially to my family and friends in Bulgaria where they celebrate Baba Marta on the first of March. To my parents, and to my super aunt Maria, who at 85 is filled with such admirable young spirit, travels the world, criss crossing the globe. Baba Marta is a celebration to welcome spring. People exchange all sorts of elaborate weaves and designs made of white and red thread to wish good health and happiness.

Today it is quiet. The cherry blossoms are becoming more and more noticeable as they emerge all over the city from their winter slumber.

Making time to read and write today. And work on submissions. Vallum has The Vallum Award for Poetry contest which has the same deadline as their call for the themed issue: Renegades. The New Quarterly has a call for The Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest and also The Edna Staebler Personal Essay contest. All good stuff. If you are into such things, have a look. Send something out today. Write something, plant new words. Make an occasion of it.

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