Last year, the director of my singing group (she's Bulgarian) introduced us to the custom of the "martenitsa", a double red and white tassel that Bulgarians attach to their clothes or wear around their wrists until they see the first stork, and then the martenitsas are hung on a tree or a shrub (we saw a few of them still hanging there in the summer). Martenitsas are usually pretty simple < http://www.katerollins.com/popups/M_Trad3.html
> but they can be quite elaborate. This all goes back to the pagans, the personification of spring, etc.
I know that the Slovaks have the killing or "carrying out" of Morena or Marmuriena, but I wondered if there were any other traditions to "bring in" spring. I remember that last year, when I was in the eastern part of Slovakia in early May, I saw saplings (mostly birch, I think) decorated with ribbons in a few churches (both showing from behind the altar and attached to the first few pews along the center aisle). Does anyone out there know of any other customs other than the ones that became part of Easter celebrations?