Baptism January 19: folk traditions and signs
The feast of Epiphany is celebrated annually on January 19th. Signs and traditions collected by many generations have come down to our times and are still popular today.
One of the most revered festivals among Orthodox Christians is the Baptism of the Lord. Signs that were noticed that day helped predict subsequent events. The main Epiphany tradition is bathing in the hole. On the night of January 18-19, believers dip into cruciform sanctified polynyas to symbolically repeat the washing of Christ in the Jordan River.
Water on this day gains healing properties, relieves of physical and spiritual ailments. Therefore, believers take the baptismal water with them and keep it throughout the year.
Traditions and Omens for Baptism
Orthodox Christians celebrate the holiday in the family circle at the holiday table. During fasting, a diet is observed, so you should refrain from eating meat and alcohol. By tradition, the one who last bathed in the ice-hole first tries the food.
In Baptism housewives sprinkle their home with holy water, thereby expelling evil and attracting grace to the dwelling. On this day, quarrels and conflicts are excluded. Families visit each other with songs and carols.
It is believed that the marriage proposal January 19 is the key to a long and happy family life. The treaty between the parents of the bride and groom was blessed in heaven. Mothers of the bride and groom on this joyful day were asked to reward the couple with healthy and strong offspring and sew symbolic underclothes for their future grandchildren.
The babies born were baptized in these robes.
According to legends, snow on the feast of Epiphany also has healing properties. The hostess used it to clean the white bedding, and the young girls washed themselves with snow — it was thought that this would give beauty and attractiveness. Now Epiphany snow is being gathered and brought into the house.
They wash and children so that they grow up healthy and strong.
Followed by our ancestors and the weather. She was an accurate indicator of how the year would pass. The abundance of snow, as well as a clear and bright sky foreshadowed a rich harvest of bread.
Frost on the trees promised a large number of mushrooms, berries and nuts in the summer. If there was little snow, they were preparing for a dry summer. The many-voiced, barking dogs barked as a happy sign — he foreshadowed an abundance of game in the grounds.
The traditional practice of baptism was also the deliverance of one’s home from negative energy. The house was ventilated, and salt crumbled in the corners, which served as an insurmountable barrier to evil forces. Church candles helped to charge the house with positive energy and attract well-being.
They were lit in every room and closely watched the fire — the even and clean light meant that the house was in peace and peace, and the crackling, fumes and blinking of the candle light meant that it was unclean in the house.
It is believed that people who have accepted the ordinance of baptism on this day become successful and carry within themselves a bit of God’s grace.
Signs collected by our ancestors are still relevant and used by contemporaries. Pray for your loved ones and wish them a righteous and happy life. Use every day to become better and do not forget to press the buttons and