Syriac Orthodox Virgin Mary Annunciation Tradition - The "Siboro"

Suryoyutho

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The Syriac Orthodox Church celebrate the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary today (March 25th). We have a tradition that I believe is only done in our Church where we put on a so called "siboro" around our wrist. This "siboro" consists of a white thread and a red thread winded (I hope this is a real word) around each other.

When Virgin Mary became pregnant the Divine nature (God the Word; the white thread) united with the human nature (the red thread) which God the Word took from Virgin Mary through the holy Spirit's action. One Nature was formed, etc. You know the drill.

We wear the "siboro" from March 25th (the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary) until Easter Monday (or Easter Day) when we clip it off and burn it.

 

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Romanians and Bulgarians have a similar folk custom. It's not connected to the Feast of Annunciation, though:

Mărțișor, marț and mărțiguș are all names for the red and white string from which a small decoration is tied, and which is offered by people on the 1st day of March. Giving this talisman to people is an old custom, and it is believed that the one who wears the red and white string will be strong and healthy for the year to come. It is also a symbol of the coming spring. Usually, both women and men wear it pinned to their clothes, close to the heart, until the last day of March, when they tie it to the branches of a fruit-tree.

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The Armenians have something similar called "narod," which is used during baptisms and weddings.

I wonder if there is some common origin to all of these.
 

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Virtual Paradise said:
Romaios apple / oranges.

Two distinct things.
Well, if apples and oranges were both red and white and picked in March, would it be that much of a strech to compare them?
 

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Thank you all, interesting that something similar is used for other things. I don't know when this tradition started in our Church but it's at least older than my parents.
 
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