On the 1st of March, it is customary in Greece to exchange "Martaki bracelets" as a symbol of good luck and to welcome the arrival of spring. The "Martaki" is a small, handmade bracelet made of red and white string or thread. The word "Martaki" is derived from the Greek word "Martios", which means March.
The tradition is said to date back to ancient Greece when people would tie a red and white string around their wrist or ankle to ward off evil spirits and welcome good luck. It is also said that the "Martaki" bracelet will protect you from the strong Spring sun so that you will not get burnt!
The white thread symbolizes purity while the red thread symbolizes life, passion, and joy. The combination of these two colors creates a beautiful contrast that perfectly represents the duality of life. The "Martaki" is meant to be worn throughout the month of March until the wearer sees the first signs of spring, such as blooming flowers or chirping birds. On the 1st of April, you are supposed to leave it on a plant or a tree branch so that birds will use it to decorate their nests.
It's not only the significance of the "Martaki" that makes it so special but also the act of exchanging them with loved ones. It's a heartwarming gesture that spreads positivity and love among friends and family. Children often make Martaki bracelets in school to give to their friends and loved ones. It's a fun and colorful way to celebrate the start of a new season and spread positive energy.
"Martaki" is a charming accessory that will not only add a pop of color to your outfit but will also bring you good luck and positive vibes.
Fantastic Experience We booked tours with a couple of tour companies but Skip the Line Acropolis of Athens and New Acropolis Museum Tour with Athen Walking Tours was our favorite.
Vicki B | May 22 | Acropolis & Museum Tour
Great pace and level of details WITHOUT going to deep yet, she answered every question wth great knowledge and passion!!
GrandTour398142 | May 22 | Private Acropolis Tour
An excellent 3 hour guided tour with an extremely knowledgeable archaeologist guide. Just the tight amount of time to tour the Acropolis site and the highlights of the outstanding Parthenon Museum.
Jan A | July 22 | Acropolis & Acropolis Museum
Food is the soul of a nation - the perfect Athens experience!
CMS | July 22 | Athens Cooking Lesson
Excellent walking tour of the Acropolis. Our guide Angela was informative, kind and friendly. The pace was perfect, and good to avoid the queues!
Prakash | July 22 | Acropolis Tour
Amazing experience! Ah, and yummy!Wow! How do I start? Well, this was an amazing experience to star our visit to Athens, it was like cooking the Thanksgiving dinner with your family, thanks to the instructor Sophia....
LisetteDeAbreu | July 22 | Athens Cooking Lesson
Great day outIt was a fascinating and fun tour of the Acropolis with our excellent guide & insider Charoula;
Jasper | June 22 | Acropolis & Food Tastings
Great tour to start visit Athens We started our stay and visit to Athens by going on this guided tour, and it was a very good decision!
Beatriz C | June 22 | Acropolis Tour
A must do! A fabulous opportunity to explore and taste the Greek cuisine off the beaten path.
Stephanie C | June 22 | Athens Food Tour
Fantastic Foodie Tour We learnt so much about Greek food and customs and visited locations we would never have found on our own.
Kathy C | June 22 | Athens Food Tour
4 hours Of History and joy Tour guide Fotini really made the day, enjoyed every minute of the tour.
Amy E | June 22 | Acropolis with Food Tasting
Inspiring and unforgettable ... It's 40 years since I was last there, I now have a much greater appreciation of the history of this architectural marvel.
Padraic Timlin | June 22 | Acropolis Tour
Outstanding tour! The length of this tour was just right with the perfect amount of walking and interesting sites.
KateFlorida1 | May 22 | Acropolis & City Tour
An immersive, emotional and fun experience into the heart of Athens and its people This was exactly the type of tour I was craving for and there couldn't have been a better match than Sofia to host such tour.
Niccolò | May 22 | Athens Street Culture
Great tour with Annie We had a small group and she took the time to explain all the meaningful sites in the Agora.
Dakota | May 22 | Ancient Agora