April 17, the Orthodox Church celebrates a special date — the day of rejoicing. In people, this day is also called the parent ( alternative names Grabke, Dida, Graves). Radonitsa is celebrated on the 9th day after Easter and falls on a Tuesday.
Because on the Easter walk to the cemetery and feel sad about the dead prohibited, but to share it with those who are no longer with us in this world on memorial day. On the day of rejoicing we remember all deceased relatives and friends visit cemeteries to honor their memory. Churches held memorial services and funeral services.
Because many people visit the cemetery on Tuesday, it turns out, often make it the day before — Sunday. However, this holiday involves a lot of nuances. Let’s see, what to do in these memorial days.
So, first of all, we should remember that the deceased is the most important prayer in the salvation of his soul and the memory of it. So be sure to visit the Church and put candle for the repose. A memorial service bring a candle, as a symbol of life, bread, as a symbol of the light of God and a note with names of who you need to remember. If you do not have this opportunity to pray at home.
Pre — clean the grave. And when the holiday will come to the cemetery lighted candles or lamps. Read the prayer.
Do not be sad on this day. Remember all the good moments that you gave to these people.
Some are on the graves of the flowers. But it is not necessary to carry a plastic bouquets or wreaths. Better bring a bouquet of cut flowers and better put live and undemanding flowering plants.
Some hold a memorial dinner directly on the graves. But this tradition has pre-Christian roots. Christian beliefs have nothing in common. It is forbidden to feast and drink alcoholic beverages on the graves. If you really want, spend a memorial lunch in a cafe or at home. Remember the Church allows only wine.