Spirits Day: folk beliefs, traditions and rituals
Spirits day — one of the most important Orthodox holidays. This date is celebrated for many centuries and contains a lot of traditions and customs observed by believers.
Most of the traditions of the Spirit of the Day have pagan roots, but over time the church has allowed many of the rites that are inextricably linked to this solemn date. Compliance with beliefs promises everyone a prosperous life and happiness.
Folk superstitions, traditions and rituals
According to custom, on this day it is customary to listen to the earth. Our ancestors rose before sunrise and were put to the ground to hear the secrets of the universe and the answers to their questions.
In the Spirits of the day, be sure to visit churches and temples to pray and take part in the solemn worship service. After the church service, believers visit cemeteries and decorate graves with birch branches. Relatives leave food as a commemoration of the souls of their departed loved ones and pray for their attainment of peace.
On the day of the celebration, they are sent to the fields and forests to replenish stocks of medicinal raw materials. According to beliefs, at this time, all plants have special strength and are able to heal bodily and mental wounds, give a person vigor, luck and happiness.
According to pagan traditions, on this day rituals were obligatory, chasing away and coaxing evil spirits. Women for this collect old children’s clothing, which has become unusable, and hang it at the edge of the forest. Children are strictly forbidden to go into the forest and to the reservoirs so that mermaids and other vermin do not drag them away.
Men fumigate the courtyards with bunches of dry grass set on fire. Usually, St. John’s wort and wormwood are used for this.
The women went out into the field and spread a cloth on the ground. She laid out the dishes prepared in advance and conducted a rite to feed the land. The remnants of the meal and the crumbs were scattered across the field with the wishes of a good harvest and thanks to Mother Earth for her gifts.
In the Spirits of the day sanctify the wells, preventing them from drying out and pollution.
Signs on the Spirit Day
- In ancient times it was believed that on this day one should not look at one’s reflection in the water in order not to lose one’s love;
- The rainy weather on the day of the celebration promises another six wet weeks;
- It is forbidden to work in the Spirits of the day, including with the land;
- In order for evil spirits not to cause harm, odorous plants are always carried with them (this can be onions, garlic, wormwood);
- It was forbidden to run on this day, so as not to accidentally escape from their happy fate;
- The girls started wreaths of flowers woven from wild flowers. If they drowned, they waited for trouble; if they pestered, they were expecting a quick marriage; if they drifted away with the flow — long and happy love awaited the girls.
These covenants will help everyone avoid trouble, bring happiness to life, and ask the Higher forces for protection and protection for themselves and their families. We wish you success and good luck in everything, and do not forget to press buttons and