Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos: signs, customs and traditions of the holiday
On April 7, Orthodox Christians celebrate one of the major church holidays. This event was a turning point for the entire Christian world: it marked the imminent arrival of the Son of God on earth for the salvation of all mankind.
The significance of the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos in the religious world is immense. On this significant day, the Virgin Mary was revealed a message from Heaven that she would become the mother of God’s Son and bring it to light from the immaculate conception.
Traditions and customs of the Annunciation
If a strict fast continues on this significant day, the church will allow an indulgence in honor of the celebration. Christians are allowed to eat fish products.
April 7, the ban remains work. Household affairs requiring attention can be performed, but it is worth refraining from idle pastime. Free time should be devoted to prayers, reflections on life and spiritual enlightenment.
According to beliefs, this day you can not sew, knit and weave — so you can add trouble to the house and ruin relations with the household.
Particular attention is paid to the holiday birds. They are set free so that they bring to Heaven the good news of good deeds and the actions of people.
On the night of the Annunciation, it is customary to kindle fires in order to finally melt the winter cold and attract a warm spring. Garbage, old household items and any things that have become worthless are thrown into fires.
The ashes from the fires in the Annunciation were carried to the garden and sprinkled with beds to scare off pests and protect the crop from adversity.
Planted on this day and plants. It is believed that God himself blesses them for a quick shoot and an abundance of fruits.
After serving in the church, prosphora are brought home, which treat all households. Residues and crumbs are usually given to pets, protecting them from diseases and predatory animals.
Signs on the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos
Our ancestors carefully observed the weather that day: the rain promised a fruitful year, and a thunderstorm or thunder foreshadowed an abundance of nuts in the fall.
Fishermen in the Annunciation hoped for a good catch, because it meant that the fish in the pond would not be transferred and the bite would be throughout the year.
On a holiday, any swear words, quarrels and showdowns were banned. Our ancestors believed that the whole year depended on how the day would pass. Complacency, good and mutual assistance were required.
Swallows served as a good weather indicator: if they appeared before the holiday, it means that a warm winter was waiting ahead.
On this day, nothing can be given away from home, so as not to spend a year in poverty and lack of money.
According to signs, the water, consecrated in the Annunciation, had healing properties and was used in the case of illness of the household.
It is forbidden to wear new clothes on this day: according to beliefs, they quickly become unusable, and new outfits also briefly delight customers.
It is noteworthy that the weather, which stood in Annunciation, reflected the weather on Bright Easter.
The Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos is a special day on which you can ask the Higher Powers for protection and patronage. Any of your desire, uttered from a pure heart and not containing self-interest, will surely come true. We wish you good luck, and do not forget to press the buttons and