Epiphany is one of the main Orthodox events. In 2018, as usual, we celebrate this holiday in mid-January. Believers remember about Epiphany traditions that must be followed every year.
Epiphany or the feast of Holy Epiphany is celebrated on the thirteenth day after Christmas. One day Jesus Christ approached John the Baptist with a request to baptize him in the Jordan river. Since then, Christianity has become one of the most widespread religions. The legend says that at the moment of Baptism descended to the earth, the Holy Spirit and suddenly sounded the voice of the Lord. He said it’s the Savior finally recognized the Son of God. After that, people began to annually celebrate this holiday and have connected with it many traditions.
Epiphany in 2018
In 2018, the Epiphany will be held on January 19 on Friday. This holiday is neperehodimyh, so every year its date is unchanged. The eve of the Epiphany begins on the night of 18 to 19 January. Despite the fact that swimming in the hole at night unsafe, many people rush to make this ancient rite than the others. It is believed that the night before the Baptismal water shall have the power, so believers come to the rivers, vents and dial from there, Holy water, and then wash it or just use it for drinking.
In 2018, the celebration of Baptism begins with the evening of the 18th of January. Eve will not be able to eat foods of animal origin, because it is a fast day. However, despite this, the evening meal has not been canceled, so be sure to invite all close to your house and feed them. On the table there should be a pudding, pudding, vegetable fritters and other meatless meals. After dinner you can attend the night service in all the churches starts with midnight.
The Tradition Of The Baptism Of The Lord
Dinner in the eve of the Epiphany is a very important holiday tradition. Obligatory dish on the table is kutya, and it is usually prepared from the steamed wheat and fruit compote. If you wish, it can give extra taste with honey or nuts.
On Christmas eve it was forbidden to leave shoes on the doorstep: it was believed that otherwise, in the course of the year households will be to overcome the disease.
For unmarried girls Baptism has also been associated with the bride, which was performed in the Church or after swimming in the hole. It was believed that a marriage contracted on this day will be long and prosperous.
In Russia after a swim, was made to eat the cookie crosses. Previously, they were considered traditional Epiphany foods: during the festival, it was baked in every home.
It is believed that the Epiphany water has healing properties. That is why it is used for drinking, cooking, and especially the brave people swimming in the hole.
It is believed that in Baptism every believer must attend worship, but if this is not possible, then enter the water from rivers, lakes or the hole and put the glasses with Epiphany water in every corner of your home. Thus you will protect yourself and your family from illness.
Epiphany bathing in the hole — the most ancient tradition, preserved to our days. In ancient times it was believed that taking a dip in the Holy water, you can ensure health for the whole year. In our time, before you make this bold move, doctors still recommend to consult in advance with health professionals to verify that water treatment will not harm your health.Most strange events and phenomena usually happens in the holidays, and Epiphany is no exception. This Orthodox event have not only tradition, but also the signs that will help you to look into the future. We wish you a sincere faith and health,