Slavic holiday Green Christmas eve: traditions of antiquity
In Russia, the Green Christmas Eve was most often called the week before the Trinity. This week will begin on June 13th. The period included several holidays at once: Preposition, Ascension and Semik.
Water was usually sanctified for the preparation, which could later be used as a remedy against the disease, and various ceremonies were conducted for a rich harvest. In fact, during this period the land was prepared for fruiting, combining church and pagan traditions.
Ascension is a holiday that is celebrated 40 days after Easter and is associated with biblical events, namely the ascension of Jesus Christ in front of the Apostles and the prediction by Him of the indulgence of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. Ascension has its own history, traditions and customs.
Memories of the dead at the Green Christmas eve
Semik, which falls three days before the Trinity (this year it falls on June 16), gave the people another name: the Trinity of the Dead. This is due to the fact that, according to beliefs, the souls of the dead are not among their living or premature death. It was believed that this is a joyful holiday for them joyful. Moreover, the Trinity parent Saturday, which is universal, is celebrated according to Orthodox custom the day before the Trinity.
Therefore, the Green Christmas eve associated with the commemoration of the departed. The Trinity holiday itself belongs to the most important Orthodox holidays and is especially loved by the people.
Trinity and the week after Trinity was also called Rusnaya because they believed that mermaids were in close proximity to humans during this period. In order not to make mischief, river maidens were plagued by decorating birch with ribbons and making a swing for them from their branches: it was believed that mermaids like to swing on them very much. No hard work was done, the girls did not sew or knit during this period.
At that time, they did not swim in the river, especially the men whom the mermaids loved to lure and drown. They also believed that there could be a benefit from them: if the mermaids walk around the field, they will moisten the soil, thereby contributing to the harvest.
Slavic rituals on the Green Christmas
Houses and churches were decorated with herbs, both outside and inside. Especially often they were birch branches. Houses were usually decorated by girls and in general, all these holidays are largely devoted to the fair sex. The girls, who by age could already marry, and young wives who had not yet had children, had a special ritual: curiosity, a peculiar rite of initiation, establishing a friendship.
In this case, the girls exchanged gifts, such as scarves, eggs, crosses, and many others.
Some ceremonies at the Green Christmas eve are popular in our days. For example, birch wreaths, ornaments from the branches of birch trees and the veneration of this tree is common in many cities of Russia. , like many centuries ago, you can recharge yourself with natural power and ward off evil spirits from your home with the help of a bouquet with a birch branch.
The traditions and customs of these days include special fortune telling, thanks to which you can accurately obtain knowledge about the future. Remember the folk traditions, because many of them are relevant today, and don’t forget to press the buttons and