Green Christmas time from May 20 to 26: traditions, rituals and signs in the week before the Trinity
The national holiday Green Christmas time has a lot of interesting customs and will. Our ancestors at this time conducted many rituals to attract well-being and happiness.
Green Christmas holidays are considered abroad, the transition from spring to summer. In ancient times, mass festivities were held at that time, ceremonies for well-being were held. All week before the Orthodox holiday of the Trinity, people rejoiced at the arrival of heat, wondered for the future and attracted luck to life.
Traditions and rites of the Greens
Green yuletians also have a name — Semytska week. Semik’s celebration falls on May 24th, and this day is also very important. The 24 numbers are commemorated by the “pledged dead”, that is, people who have completed their life path in an unnatural way.
In the morning, the Orthodox visit churches, and after lunch they clean up on the graveyards, pray for the rest of the souls of their relatives, and decorate the graves with birch branches.
Birch is the main attribute of the entire festive week, so many rites are associated with this tree. So, young girls can braid young birch branches and make a wish. If the branches remain green before the Trinity, then the year will be well, and the cherished dreams will surely come true soon.
In Semik, any work, including field work, is prohibited, so the people arranged mass celebrations. On the day of the holiday, young people would definitely go out into the fields, sang songs and praise the forces of nature, asking for a rich harvest. To do this, a straw of Kostroma was made of straw, which was burned at the end of the day.
Already on the 20th, all unmarried girls can follow the traditions of their ancestors and bake pies. They make them small, stuffed with meat and thrown into the ponds to appease their inhabitants. It was believed that having tasted food, water mermaids and other vermin ceases to harm people and can help in case of unexpected misfortune.
Rituals are held throughout the week to help achieve an excellent harvest. The rituals are carried out both in the gardens and in the fields, and are designed to protect the planting from the weather, the invasion of pests and theft. At the same time, young girls guessing at their betrotheds, carry out rituals to attract mutual love.
The indispensable condition of the Green Svyatok was and still is the coaxing of all kinds of evil. In the fields and on the edges of the forests they take out treats, in houses and bathhouses they communicate with house and banniki. Special attention was paid to coaxing brownies. These entities have always lived in the dwelling of man and could help in the economy.
So that the brownies did not get angry and did not repair tricks, they were necessarily treated to milk porridge, generously flavored with butter.
Signs of the holiday
According to the signs, on a holiday, one should not engage in physical labor, sow and plow, and also needlework. Those who violated the ban, in the near future threatened misfortune.
Green Christmas time were fun and songs, so that the whole year was joyful.
It was necessary to treat everyone who looked into the house. It used to be believed that the gratitude of each cordially received guest would surely attract money luck to the owners.
Birch branches need to decorate the house to scare away evil spirits, misfortunes and misfortunes.
Solitude on Semik is considered a bad omen. All day until the night it is important to be at least with someone, otherwise an evil spirit can live in the house.
Each ceremony conducted at the Green Christmas time, helped to avoid trouble, as well as bring to life good luck and love. Lonely girls should undertake a ritual aimed at bringing the betrothed into life, and gardeners can protect their plantings by making a stuffed Kostroma. We wish you good luck and prosperity, and do not forget to press the buttons and