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Oseniny: history, meaning and traditions of the holiday

Many folk festivals dedicated to seasonal phenomena and events. And even the beginning of autumn and farewell to summer received a special celebration.

Oseniny — a series of holidays that are celebrated in the early fall. The autumn season has long been regarded as a holiday. Harvest and field work was completed, and the weather would allow festivities. At this time, was made to have fun, gather your guests, set the table and cook all the dishes that gave the Earth this year. In early autumn it’s time of weddings and celebrations.

Like many of the autumn holidays, celebrated Oseniny for a long time. And, like many national holidays, in addition to traditional stories are still religious, the Orthodox component.

The history of the holiday

The harvest festival began to celebrate in ancient Russia. Oseniny began September 14 in Semin day, or the day of St. Simeon Metoprolola. This day began seeing the summer and the autumn meeting.

Second Oseniny was noted September 21. In Orthodoxy this day, closely associated with the Nativity of the virgin. Thus, in that intertwined people’s signs and Church tradition. For example, the blessed virgin prayed on this day those who wanted to have a baby, but I couldn’t.

Last, the third party Attending was observed on 27 September and was associated with the Orthodox feast of the exaltation of the cross. This day was held processions, and there was a national ritual when the exorcism people were around the house with a homemade cross cut or folded from branches of Rowan.

Holiday traditions

Oseniny have old national and religious traditions and rituals.

One of the main traditions in the early fall is an update to the fire. All the old fire in the house extinguished and lit a new one. The tradition was connected with the belief that lit the fire in Oseniny able to fill all around with new energy, and people and animals to give a surge of new energy.

The people Oseniny September 21, also called “Pasekin day” or “day of the Onion tears.” To this date it was decided to remove the bees and also from the garden were harvested onions. This day is considered final, the final summer of work in the current year. It was necessary to harvest and prepare for winter.

With Seninmi were associated weather signs. It was thought that if this day the weather is good, then the rest of autumn will be warm.

According to another tradition, September 21 women woke up early in the morning and went to the river, where they met Oseniny. The older woman stood with bread, and the girls drove around her dance and sang songs. After that the bread is fed to livestock, so the animals were the offspring.

Young families who lived year together, inviting Oseniny to visit all their relatives. According to tradition, the guests conducted the bride, check out how a young couple copes with the economy. The bride covered for a wide table. The girl showed how she does with the house, and the young man in the yard.

With the Nativity, the Orthodox holiday of September 21, were also associated with some Church tradition. On this day the believers could ask for the virgin of health, happiness, luck and good harvest for the next year. The couple prayed for the birth of a child. Girl that wants to conceive a child this year, rich table, and summoned all the poor, that they pray for the health of her future children.

In the old days was honored this festival every year celebrated it’s fun, showed generosity to his guests, thanking the Earth for the harvest, and most importantly, hoped that next year they will find prosperity and well-being. Good luck and success to you,