Agrafena Kupalnitsa July 6: traditions and signs of the holiday
In the national calendar of holidays on July 6, the day of Agrafena Kupalnitsy falls. According to legends, the swimming season opens from this day. In addition, on a festive day many interesting ceremonies are held.
Folk holidays exist from time immemorial, overgrown with traditions, superstitions and signs. Many July holidays are associated with water, and the day of Agrafena was no exception. This holiday is considered to be the “sister” of Ivan Kupala, because it opens the door to the long-awaited swimming season.
Experts of the site dailyhoro.ru will tell you about the traditions, customs and signs of this day.
history of the holiday
The name of the holiday is associated with the opening of the swimming season in open waters. It was from that day that people in Russia began to actively go to the rivers and lakes in order to bathe and cool off after working under the scorching sun.
The night of Ivan Kupala is considered the most magical and powerful in energy, and opens her beautiful Agrafena, which, according to legend, goes to visit her brother on a cart with mowed grass. That is why the night is associated with love magic, happiness and sincere feelings.
In Russia, the day of Agrafena Kupalnitsy was considered a holiday of the Sun, the beginning of grass mowing and the entry of summer into its legal rights. Since pagan times, there has been a tradition to kindle campfires, glorifying the warm sun, and conduct ceremonies for well-being.
In the Christian tradition on this day they honor Saint Agrippina, who lived in ancient Rome in about the third century. From early childhood, the girl learned about the Savior and decided to devote her life to faith. Her service to the Lord was noticed by pagans who brutally tortured a young girl, trying to force her to renounce her faith.
Agrippina was martyred. The saint pray for strengthening in the faith and opposition to any negativity. Pilgrims visit the burial place of the saint and offer prayers to her in order to heal from all sorts of ailments, find solace and ask for advice.
Traditions of the Day Agrafena Baths
On July 6, comes the famous night of Ivan Kupala, which in the popular consciousness for a long time remained under the name Agrafena Le bathhouse. Two big holidays merged together, so their traditions were united.
Traditionally, this day begin harvesting brooms for a bath. They are used not only to thoroughly wash, but also for medical purposes.
On the day of Agrafena, Bathing Boots necessarily gather healing herbs and roots, which are filled with incredible energy. Some of them are brewed in tea, used as decoctions for steam in the baths, attached to fresh brooms. The rest of the raw materials are carefully processed and harvested for use in the cold period.
The healers on the day of Agrafena speak their infusions, make medicinal potions and teas, helping people heal from ailments and gain strength.
The most important tradition is the mass bathing in the waters. It is believed that water washes away all the negative and gives people good luck for the whole year. In the event that you do not have the opportunity to go to the open pond, you can take a bath with the addition of healing herbs and decoctions.
Our ancestors always prepared a vow of porridge, which was served to travelers, beggars and holy fools. The dish was prepared by the whole village “in stock”: they brought cereals and other products from all the yards. In the villages they cooked a lot of lenten dishes, which were put on the tables in the open air, so that everyone could eat.
On July 6, it was customary to put bundles of nettles on the doorsteps of the houses, which drove away the raging scum and also protected the household from any evil. Often at the gate it was possible to meet young aspens felled to protect against the evil eye and damage. They covered the floor in the huts using freshly cut grass with the addition of mint sprigs, wormwood, and chamomile.
In the baths they steamed with new brooms made up of a multitude of healing herbs and tree branches.
The horns of cattle were decorated with wreaths of wild flowers. According to legends, such decorations increased the yield, freed them from diseases and protected wild animals, promised good offspring for the next season.
Children and animals were protected from evil spirits, using the branches of a thistle and rosehip. Usually the plants fell into a pile in the middle of the village, and the children first jumped over it, and then carried out all the cattle.
It was traditional to pour water on each counter. Water for this purpose was specially “soiled”. It is not known for certain why it was necessary to water it with dirty water.
According to the most common version, in this way people hid from evil spirits and other negative things.
An indispensable job on the day of Agrafena the Bathing Was was the purification of wells with drinking water.
In each family, eggs were cooked in a stove to enhance the health of the birds and increase the number of hens. Eggs were served not only poultry, but also livestock.
Signs July 6
- «Plant a turnip on the Bathing — a good crop will grow, add health, not leave the hungry.»
- “I was born on July 6 — my family came in handy. Share your luck and do not be afraid of difficult things. ”
- «On the day of the Bathing Suit, wash braverly, you will be whiter, prettier and more pleasant.»
- “Wash your face with dew in the morning, gather strengths”.
- “Wash yourself at Agrafena, old man, but do not buy. Meru know, do not throw your bones in pairs first, icy into the river, not getting cold, do not climb, and then the “holiday” will be about your honor. ” Here, our ancestors had in mind the fragile health of their elderly relatives and advised them to wash and bathe with care, so as not to get sick.
- “Look at the ants: they are running in heaps, be raining, crawling along the paths, wait for the heat”.
- «Barley ripens when the nightingale is silent.»
- «The rain on the Bathing Suit will be weeping for five more days.»
Folk holidays are replete with wisdoms that can be used for their own benefit. Signs of happiness are relevant to this day, and many use them to attract good luck and prosperity every day. We wish you health and happiness, and do not forget to press buttons and