Antipaskha and Fomino Sunday April 15: customs, traditions and omens
Easter week is one of the most joyful periods for Orthodox believers. The last day of Bright Week got the name Antipasaha, or Fomino Sunday. Spend time with benefit and follow the traditions, customs and signs associated with this holiday, so that all year you have good luck.
The church calendar for April is filled with a huge number of Orthodox events. Unfortunately, Easter Week is already coming to an end, but despite this, we will have to celebrate another important holiday — Antipaskha. Many people mistakenly think that this event is opposed to Easter, but it is not.
On this day, Christians will again be able to recall the miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ and how the Apostle Thomas believed in this amazing miracle.
According to Scripture, after the resurrection, the Son of God appeared to his disciples. However, at that time there was no Thomas among them. Subsequently, he was told about the miracle that had happened, but he did not believe the story of the apostles until he saw Teacher himself.
It happened on the eighth day after Easter.
Traditions and customs of Antipaskhi
Despite the fact that Antipaskh is not related to the twelve Great Christian holidays, believers should not forget about the traditions and customs associated with this event.
In Antpaskha, we again remember the wonderful resurrection of Jesus Christ. Therefore, sadness and hard work is forbidden on this day. On the contrary, during the day you need to enjoy, have fun and relax from everyday activities.
On Fomino Sunday you cannot be alone. In Russia on this day, people gathered in companies, went to visit or invited relatives to their home.
It is not recommended to come to visit with empty hands. As a gift, it is customary to present colored eggs, homemade cakes or Easter baskets. According to popular beliefs, those who break this tradition will live in poverty the whole year.
Unlike Easter, Fomino Sunday can be celebrated not only in the family circle, but also in the company of friends. Especially this tradition pleased the youth. On this day, the girls and young men gathered together, organized noisy festivities, sang, danced and invited passersby to join them.
In addition to Antipaskhi, on this day people celebrate the arrival of spring. This folk festival is called the Red Hill. According to one tradition, this event was decided to celebrate in nature.
Thus, people met not only the resurrected Savior, but also the long-awaited spring.
To get married during the Easter week is not recommended. However, after the Antipaskhi ban was lifted, and lovers could go to church to go through the wedding ceremony.
Dousing girls with water is one of the oldest common traditions among young people. On Fomino Sunday, the boys poured water over the girls and went to marry. If a girl was poured with water, but never got sucked, it was considered a disgrace.
They were afraid that no one would ever marry her.
At the end of the Easter week traditionally gala dinner. From the very morning, the mistresses gather in the kitchen and prepare the favorite dishes of all family members. Since this holiday is not strictly family, those who wish can invite guests.
A lean meal and a lean table are considered bad form. By accepting, if you do not cook enough treats, you can incur poverty.
Signs on Fomino Sunday
Hearing the bells on Fomino Sunday is a good omen, which promises happiness and good health to all family members.
In the old days, lovers tried to time the wedding with Antipask in order to live together happily.
Traditionally, the matchmaking period began on this day. Young boys and girls in the streets led round dances and confessed to each other feelings. In ancient times, it was believed: whoever will spend Antipaskhu at home will spend his whole life alone.
The tradition of throwing a coin for good luck into the well originated in Russia. If you do this on Fomino Sunday, then the whole year poverty will not affect your family.
Do not forget that Antipaskha is a church holiday. Therefore, on this day, it is customary to attend church and contribute prayers to the Lord. According to one of the signs, the reading of the prayers on Fomin Sunday lengthens the lifespan.
To preserve beauty and youth, on this day women washed the icons over the basin, and then washed themselves with the same water. The remaining water must be poured into a river or pond.
Traditions of many religious holidays imply a ban on visiting the cemetery, since there are specially designated days for this — for example, Radonitsa. Already on April 17, you will be able to honor the memory of the departed. You can learn more about the traditions and customs of the Orthodox Radonitsa on our website. We wish you happiness and health, and don’t forget to press the buttons and