Ilyin day: signs, customs, traditions
Ilyin day is celebrated on August 2. According to the folk calendar, this day they prayed to St. Elijah the prophet. This national holiday was of great importance for our ancestors, therefore, a large number of people will accept it, superstitions and traditions.
In pagan culture, it was Perun’s day, the feast of the god of thunder and fire of Perun. With the spread of Christianity, this day became associated with Saint Ilya, but the essence of the holiday and the image of the patron saint of this day did not change.
On this day, as a rule, there are thunderstorms and rains. Having heard peals of thunder, people said: «Elijah the prophet is riding a chariot.» Rain on Ilyin day is a good sign.
This means that the harvest will be rich. If on this day the weather is clear, it foretells fires and drought.
Rain on Ilyin day was considered fertile. Getting under the rain on this holiday is a good sign. Our ancestors believed that Ilyin rain is able to heal from diseases and purify the soul from the evil eye and negative.
Ilyin’s day was associated with summer care. Since August 2, the day has become shorter, and the nights are longer, darker and colder. People said: «On Ilyin, the day before dinner is summer, after lunch it is autumn.»
From this day, according to national signs, mosquitoes stop biting. Also from this day the leaves on the trees begin to turn yellow.
By tradition, Ilyin holiday is the last day when you can swim in the waters. It was believed that from that day the water becomes colder. On this day, it was forbidden to work in the field.
People were afraid of the wrath of Elijah the prophet, since he could punish the negligent with a lightning strike.
The holiday of Elijah the prophet is primarily associated with the arrival of autumn. And although there is still a month before its actual onset, the spirit of a gradually fading nature is already beginning to hover in the air. Despite the fact that the national calendar of Ilyin’s day ends the swimming season and the days begin to become shorter, the most favorable time comes for walks in nature and unity with it.
In addition, since August 2, one can already observe almost every night the brightest stars in the sky and meteor shower. Good luck and don’t forget to press the buttons and