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Oseniny 21 September 2017

Many religious holidays are closely intertwined with folk. One of these is the feast of the Nativity of the blessed virgin Mary, which is popularly called Seninmi.

Celebrate the glorious feast of the onset of autumn, September 21, old style — September 8. This day has a rich history, its unique traditions and superstitions. Our ancestors gave great importance to the festival, which has received another name — Autumn spoinky.

Holiday Oseniny

The celebration is associated with the meeting of autumn and the end of the harvest. Often our ancestors had celebrations that lasted up to two weeks. The richer was the harvest, the greater cause for joy appeared in each of the villages.

Housewife since morning had begun to prepare a variety of meatless dishes from his garden, invited friends and relatives were treated to all the friends who came to visit them that day. Often there was a celebration in which all the inhabitants of the village gathered at the table, bringing from each house treats.

One of the main traditions of this day, our ancestors believed that the kindling of the new fire in the stove. It was getting old way — not using a match, and striking sparks from the stone, or by means of friction.

Oseniny traditionally met on the water, coming to the river, pond or lake with a freshly baked loaf. After songs of praise and prayer to the virgin, each woman took a piece of bread home to give to livestock.

Oseniny was considered a women’s day, when every woman could ask a Higher power anything. Particularly revered holiday childless couples: on this day, they prayed to the virgin to give them healthy offspring.

Oseniny to this day are of great importance for Orthodox Christians. Some traditions are gone, but in the modern world there is a place for the precepts of our ancestors. So, the day of the Nativity of the virgin, every girl can meet the sunrise at the water’s edge, washed by running water of a natural source before sunrise, and keep thereby the young and fresh until old age.