Orthodox Radonitsa: what is this holiday
In Orthodoxy there are a large number of holidays and important dates. Right after Easter week Radonits follows. This is not a holiday, but one of the most important commemoration days.
Easter is a time of joy, fun, positive emotions. At Easter, you can not work, clean, wash, and remember the dead. The fact is that in such bright days you need to live in the present moment and the future.
The meaning of the holiday
The great feast of the radiant resurrection of Christ leads one to think of those who are not with us, but modern society has got strange, going against the religion and traditions. Now at Easter, many are trying to get to the cemetery, which is absolutely contrary to the idea of commemoration, and even more so the Easter holiday.
Of course, the desire to remember those who are no longer with us is bright and good, but during Easter week it is better to concentrate on those who are alive, on love, on the warmth and comfort of home. Radonits is always celebrated on Tuesday of the next week after Easter, unless other church holidays fall at the same time. It is on this day that all people abandon their affairs and go to the cemeteries to honor the memory of their deceased relatives.
Radonitsa is the oldest festival that appeared in Christianity in about the 5th or 4th century. Easter symbolizes victory over the death and sin of Jesus Christ, and Radonitsa is a symbol of victory over the death of us humans. Visiting the graves of deceased relatives, we kind of remind them that they are still alive in our hearts and in our memory and will always be alive.
Traditions of Radonitsy
This day of the church calendar is full of traditions that are passed down from generation to generation and remain unchanged for almost 1500 years.
- In cemeteries, people do something like a re-celebration of Easter. They bring colored eggs and Easter cakes to eat with those who are no longer around.
- The rules say that you need to light a candle, read a prayer. Then make a meal and get out at the burial place, put it in order.
- On this day, there is not so much a tradition as a rule — not to drink a lot of alcohol. This is permitted, but only in small, moderate quantities.
What is forbidden to do on Radonitsu:
- It is strictly forbidden to drink large quantities of alcohol.
- It is impossible to guess this day. In principle, this is prohibited by the church on any other day.
- It is impossible to commemorate the dead in this holiday with a bad word.
Try to follow the accepted rules in order not to anger Heaven. It is very easy to follow such rules, for they are clear and extremely simple. May Radonitsa be an important and enjoyable day for you, in which the departed can receive a share of love and attention.
It is no coincidence that Lent teaches us to forgive and ask for forgiveness. On Radonitsu all your offenses should be left behind. This is an important day in which each of us has to understand one thing — we are all mortal, we all will make the transition to another world, so that we must show respect for the afterlife now. Good luck, and don’t forget to press the buttons and