14 January – Feast of Basil: traditions, customs and folk superstitions

Why in this day induce the most heinous damage?

14 січня – Свято Василя: традиції, обряди та народні прикмети

January 14, Orthodoxy reveres the memory of St. Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea. In the national calendar, this date is called the feast of Basil, informs Rus.Media.

Who is St. Basil?

Basil lived in the fourth century and was descended from a noble family. In Caesarea, Constantinople and Athens, he received an excellent education.

After training at first was going to lead a secular life, but it affected a pious sister Macrina (who later became the abbess). And then Basil not only began to lead an ascetic life, but also with several colleagues left the bustle of the city and founded something like a monastic community in Pontus.

Returned to Caesarea in 365 year where he was ordained a Bishop, and in the year 370 replaced the deceased Metropolitan of Cappadocia. He died in the year 379.

The rituals and traditions of this day

Our ancestors believed that Basil protects gardens from pests. In this day all you need branches of fruit trees to shake off the frost or snow, while to pronounce the words:

“How am I, the servant of God (name), now obtruse of twigs fluffy snow, so spring St. Basil will relieve them each a worm and a skunk.”

On the day of Basil as on the eve of Christmas eve, it was customary to sing carols, children and young people went home with wishes of good, peace and wealth. Therefore, Housewives are stocking up plenty of food to entertain with carols.

It was considered bad luck, if not to say thank you for the carols. The main table should be dishes of pork (boiled ham, jelly, pig roast, sausage), as Saint Basil is the patron Saint of pigs.

Besides singing Christmas carols in the middle of sowing, throwing the house out of the bag of oats and blessing of the future harvest. After the ceremony scattered seeds must gather the older woman in the house and save it for spring sowing.

Today it is impossible to curse, to swear and to borrow money. But new clothes to please yourself is not something that is possible, and even necessary, then the whole year will be in abundance and prosperity.

Today we must guard against the most heinous hexes

January 14 in Russia began a lot of work to healers and healers. The people said that God opened all the doors, rejoicing in the birth of a son. Took advantage of the evil power and went to the human world, and roams the earth until the Epiphany.

14 січня – Свято Василя: традиції, обряди та народні прикмети

These days are considered especially dangerous as witches with witches lead the most serious and heinous damage.

According to popular belief in the day of Basil the evil often takes the shape of animals, so the cat, which is now nailed to the house or the dog is not welcome, and forced.

And in order to protect their livestock from bad luck, housewife 14 Jan bake cookies in the form of different animals: pigs, goats, sheep.

To protect yourself, your family and home, it is necessary that day to conduct a simple ceremony

1. Buy in Church three candles.

2. At home, when no one was (so no one bothered you and not distracted), light the candles and take all three in your left hand. Go around them on the perimeter of the whole house, starting to move from the front door and in a clockwise direction.

3. Right hand when you do this, be baptized and read zagovornye words:

“I, servant of God (name), my family began to speak, the threshold of the house, and impose on him the God’s talisman. From witchcraft and evil spirits in the night, from damage from needle, water, and near the furnace. Who to us with evil thoughts will come on all the damage they will take. My Words are right and true. Language key lock. Amen.”

Folk omens on January 14

If early in the morning to Vasily trees thick with frost covered, the fall will be a lot of honey.

In the night from 13 to 14 January, look at the sky if it is studded with stars, so summer is a rich harvest of berries.