Friday, November 9, 2012

Mardipäev and Christmas Angels

Hello my friends!
Tomorrow is Mardipäev ("Mart" is an Estonian male name and "päev" meaning "day"). The idea of this holiday is kind of similar to the Halloween, but I think there are some important differences in the history of this holiday and the meaning of this day.
An old times people participating in the event were usually young men, they were called "Marts" (a plural form of "Mart"). They disguised themselves using different natural materials like hay, branches, old and dirty clothes. Marts put on fur coats (turned inside out) and big boots. The clothes were mostly brown and black. Usually fur hats were worn as well. Face was painted with ashes.  
A word "Mardisandid" was also quite spread, where "Mardi" is a form of "Mart" and "sandid" means "scabby, cripple". The last part points to a reason why Marts usually looked ugly and helpless.
One of the most essential part of celebration was singing. Mart's had a huge inventory of different songs and poems which had a special meaning. There was a starting song that was sung before entering a strange house. The song says that Marts have come from far away, they are freezing out there and their feet are hurting. They haven't come in order to receive something, they have come to share the blessing for a rich harvest.
After being invited in, Marts started to sing songs and dance, scaring away dark forces and attracting blessings from fairies. It was thought that Marts bring benefits to agriculture and animal breeding. In order to spread the blessing grain and beans were sometimes thrown around the house. Marts were always welcome in any house and were rewarded kindly for their performance: the family, which was visited by the Marts, offered them different food like meat, honey, apples, fresh bread.
Upon leaving Marts wished a good harvest to father, a good flock to mother, a good groom to daughters and a good bride to sons of the family.
Now-days the main idea of rituals are the same, but mostly children will participate on it. They dress as ugly male and go house to house. After they are invited in, they start to perform. They sing and dance or they'll do something else entertaining. After that, they get candy and other goodies. The celebration took place a day before. That is tonight.
Come back in two weeks to read about Kadripäev (part 2 of our Halloween) :) But now to my card today. It's not involved with Mardipäev. We don't have custom to make card for that day. I'll share another Christmas card instead.
May the Christmas Miracle be with you now and always!
Beautiful Christmas time!
I made a step card with two sweet Angel images from Beccy's Place. Angel With Lights and Angel With Gift. They are adorable. I love their little feet. So cute.
Poinsettias are made from crepe paper and for centers are added golden glitter clue. Angels are colored with Promarkes. I added sticklest to their wings, Glossy Accent to the light bulbs and bow, and their halo is covered with glitter pen. Snowflakes on both sentiments are also covered with glitter pen.
Materials used:
Stamps: Beccy's Place -
Angel With Lights, Angel With Gift

Paper: Papermania - At Christmas Time; 
White and red papers from my stash
Coloring: Promarker; Gelly Roll - Clear Star
Dies: Memory Box - Flowering Christmas Tree (cut from white paper and colored with Promarker - Pine Green)
Sentiments: Computer generated
Embellishments: Ranger Glossy Accent, Ranger Stickles - Crystal; Stanger Pearl Maker - Gold; Self made poinsettias;

I'd like to participate on following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps Challenge - Challenge 42 - Thing with wings 10.11
Flutterby Wednesdays - Challenge 213 - Anything goes 13.11
Delightful Sketches - Let it snow 14.11
Paper Play Challenges - Week 45 - Snowflakes 14.11
Milk Coffee Challenge - More then one fold 21.11
Stamping Sensation - November challenge - Traditional Christmas 28.11
Thank you for looking!
Hugs & smiles,


  1. This is gorgeous Eret. I love the cute images and the design is wonderful with your beautiful poinsettias.
    I found is really interesting to read about the Mardipäev Traditions, thank you for telling us about it.

    I hope you have a good weekend
    Hugs Sue

  2. Your step card is amazing and all your cards have such wonderful details. I always enjoy reading about your country's history and traditions too.

  3. Beautiful card , I love the colours

    thanks for joining us at Stamping sensations this month


  4. Gorgeous creation! Thank you for playing along with my Flutter By Wednesday Challenge!

  5. Hi Eret, interesting to read about the Mardipäev Traditions and thanks for explaining it....lovely card and sweet images too..xx

  6. Gorgeous card.
    Two sweet little angels from Beccy's. I love how you colored them. Your flowers are also very beautiful.
    Like always well done Eret.

  7. A beautiful card, love the cute images!
    Thank you for joining us at Addicted to Stamps Things with wings challenge this week.
    Hugs Kjersti:)

  8. Gorgeous card thanks for sharing with us at ATSC. Teresa x

  9. An absolutely gorgeous Christmas card Eret and such a lovely shape as well.

    Thanks so much sharing your creativity with us at Stamping Sensations challenge this month.

    B x

  10. Absolutely beautiful, I love the fold and the die cut vines and poinsettia's look so gorgeous, love it
    Lindsay xx

  11. Beautiful Eret - thanks so much for playing along with Paperplay this week.


Thank you so much for your comment. It is always so nice to read them. Hugs and smiles. Eret

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