Spirits day — what is possible and what is impossible on this day according to signs
There are many will and rites on the Spirits of the day. What can and can not be done on this holiday, we learn from the ancient tenements and modern Orthodox rules.
The general interpretation of the holiday and its traditions
In Christianity, the Trinity and the Spirits are considered to be the day of the single Pentecost. This day is marked by the descent of the holy spirit on the apostles on the fiftieth day after the Resurrection of Christ.
Spirits day is celebrated on Monday immediately after the Trinity and on the fifty-first day after Easter. Like other Slavic holidays, the day of the holy spirit has pagan roots.
It has various folk names: Rusalnitsa, name day of the earth, farewell to mermaids, Ivan da Marya.
The celebration of the day of the holy spirit occurs at the beginning of June, and according to popular traditions, it is believed that during this period the earth — mother is pregnant with the future harvest. In the evening, the Holy Spirit descends from heaven to bless the earth and all that grows on it.
All Orthodox churches on this day serve in honor of the life-giving spirit.
On this day, believers decided to attend the church, decorated with birch twigs and freshly cut grass. Be sure to pray on Holy Monday for the souls of the dead.
It is possible to commemorate the dead in the cemetery and at home, arranging memorial meals.
What is possible in the spirit of the day
Women traditionally had to perform the rite of feeding the land on the evening of the day of the holy spirit. For this custom, they went out into the field, spread out a large tablecloth and laid out various dishes on it, arranging a festive dinner. Young maidens dispersed across the field and laid out slices of food, sprinkling them neatly with earth.
This was done to ensure that the harvest of this year was particularly pleased with its fertility and no element destroyed it.
The pagan and Christian beginning of the holiday is strongly intertwined. This is evidenced by the procession, which led the church through the plowed fields. This was a call to blessing the land and the people who cultivate it.
After such prayers, the land necessarily pleased us with a large crop of wheat, buckwheat, and barley.
One of the obligatory rites was the remembrance of the good words of all the deceased relatives and friends, even those who were buried without a funeral or repentance. Candles were put in the temple for the rest of the soul.
And parishioners left after the service with birch twigs, consecrated and namolinami from various evils and ailments. Houses put them next to the icons.
Some believed that the souls of deceased loved ones flew and sat down on birch branches.
It was traditional to collect medicinal herbs, but without damaging land cover. Herbal tea on that day had a special healing power.
They were brought to the temple for consecration and then used for a whole year, brewing infusions and teas for the family.
All the grass, laid out on the Trinity in the house, also gathered in the spirits of the day. They could fumigate seriously ill and suffering people, this contributed to a speedy recovery.
For dinner, families gathered, setting tables rich and full of delicious food. Pancakes, pies and loaves with meat, fish were an indispensable treat for a friendly feast.
Often such feasts were organized in nature, thanks to the earth for all that she sent them for dinner.
At that time, young people went out into the fields to drive the mermaids, running through the grass and waving birch twigs through the air. It was believed that the mermaids came out of the reservoirs during this period and swayed on the branches of a birch or weeping willow.
Another tradition was morning washing with well water. This saved us from illnesses, misfortunes, and gave vigor and energy to the believer.
Birch was the main attribute of the rituals for the day of the holy spirit. Young girls wove wreaths from the branches and let them into the river.
If the wreath immediately began to float far away, be a beautiful woman married to a good and wealthy person. And if you stood on the spot and unraveled — it means to expect a series of obstacles this year, with which the girl will have to cope.
Wreath drowned — wait for misfortune or deep shock.
If the weather pleased the sun and a warm pleasant breeze, such a blessing to wait for the next six weeks. It was this day that people greeted the summer, accompanying spring with songs, dances, games and general fun.
It was undesirable for girls to quickly run into the spirits of the day. This threatened to run away from their fate.
And in order to bring their female happiness closer, at dawn, the young women walked barefoot through the dew. This foreshadowed a quick meeting with the betrothed, to whom the bare feet would find the path themselves.
But the most important thing that an Orthodox person should do on this day is to keep faith in the soul, to strive for good thoughts, a creative beginning, a mandatory visit to the church and prayers for the grace of the Holy Spirit.
What can not be the day of the holy spirit
On this holy holiday, first of all, all agricultural work was prohibited. It was considered a great sin to dig the ground, plant the plants, stick the stakes, weed the grass and at least somehow disturb the land-nurse.
People believed that, by violating the integrity of the earth’s cover, it would mean losing the next harvest, causing serious damage to the Earth.
All domestic women’s work was also banned. This concerned cleaning and washing floors, washing clothes, sewing and embroidery.
Women behaved especially meekly and modestly this Monday. It was not customary to speak loudly, to provoke quarrels, conflicts and showdowns.
It is not customary to overeat and abuse alcohol on the day ghosts. This is a celebration of the soul, kneeling prayer for the forgiveness of sins and the remembrance of the departed.
It was dangerous to swim at this time. They believed that mermaids are especially mischievous in the spirits of the day and can drag the bather under the water.
This was especially true of young unmarried young people, which girls with a fish tail could easily seduce with their long hair and rounded shapes.
Not visiting the church was a bad sign. No matter how busy a man was in his affairs and concerns, he had to go to work in the temple.
Modern signs on the spirits of the day
Many signs remained also esteemed and traditional in our days. In the days of Pentecost, it is customary to decorate the apartment with freshly cut grass and birch branches, to pray in the temple and to light candles for deceased relatives.
As for restrictions in work, it is already at the discretion of the believer. In the modern world there are a lot of duties, the fulfillment of which is extremely necessary in time.
Therefore, if circumstances do not add up in favor of rest, you should just remember your loved ones and, if possible, order a prayer service for the repose of their souls.
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