“Candlemas”: national holiday 15 Feb 2018

The presentation serves as a border between winter and spring, and why the very name of the feast the common people explain meeting winter and spring: “On Candlemas winter with spring was found”; “To Meet the sun in summer, winter on a frost turn.”

«Стрітення Господнє»: народне свято 15 лютого 2018 року

Candlemas is celebrated on 15 February (old style – 2 Feb).

This is a great feast in Orthodoxy. Its name is translated from the Church Slavonic language as “meeting”.

The Orthodox Church in this day, recalls a meeting in the temple of Jerusalem Simeon with the infant Jesus in the implementation of the rite of consecration to God.

Other names of the holiday: “Candlemas”, “Candlemas”, “Candlemas frost”, “gromnica”.

Candlemas went in the Slavic culture after the adoption of Christianity. This holiday Orthodox Church dedicates the events described in the gospel of Luke. The mother of God and St. Joseph came to the temple in Jerusalem on the fortieth day after the birth of Jesus. The priest Simeon Bogopriimets met Christ. According to legend, he waited for the coming of the Messiah about 300 years. When Simeon picked up baby Jesus, you gave a speech that praised God. It was called “Song of Simeon”. Among the pagan Slavs, the feast was known under the name of gromnica.

2 February on the Julian calendar (after the adoption of the Gregorian calendar – 15 February) they conducted a boundary between the end of winter and beginning of spring. The holiday was timed to the confrontation of cold and darkness with warmth and light. Gromnica glorified God-Perun the Thunderer and the goddess Grabovica who sacrificed.

The presentation serves as a border between winter and spring, and why the very name of the feast the common people explain meeting winter and spring: “On Candlemas winter with spring was found”; “To Meet the sun in summer, winter on a frost turn.”

On behalf of the feast of the presentation in the vernacular last winter frosts and the first spring thaw called Candlemas. The commoners on the occasion of the presentation was the custom to set fire to each other cross hair, considering it very helpful for headaches.

On this day in the villages used to spend the festivities.

On Candlemas baked pancakes, round, Golden – they symbolized the Sun. This called for his return. The peasant baked bagels and these bagels fed livestock to protect the animals from disease.

On this day, lit bonfires, people rejoiced ritual dances.

In the agricultural household as the weather February 15, villagers judged the coming spring and summer, especially about the weather and the harvest. Farmers usually this day do calculations of stocks of grain, hay, straw and other fodder: “if they missed half, if not, amended in the trough, and do podstawa belt”.

The presentation of the food (lure) breeding birds: chickens were given oats to better swept, and the eggs were larger and tastier.

This day was to drive the cattle out of the barn into the corral for practice and prgrama have also started to prepare seeds for sowing and erase them, to earn, to check for germination. Whitewashed fruit trees

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