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The day of Simeon Metoprolola or Semin, September 14th,


In the old days, many events emphasized. And even the beginning of “Indian summer” did not pass the annual celebration and its traditions and important take.

The day of Simeon Metoprolola, as the name implies, is a celebration of summer and of autumn meeting. Traditionally it was celebrated on the first day of September, old style, and now this day falls on September 14. Semin day is a public holiday, the ecclesiastical counterpart of which is the new year.

This day is called the day of St. Simeon Stylite in honor of the Saint who started the concept of “the pillar-dweller” is a continuous prayer on the hill and penance. After spending much time on the pillar in the prayer, he received in reward the gift of healing of illnesses and the ability to foresee the future. Being a man who believed in God and in the power of prayer, he helped many to find faith.

Folk traditions of the holiday

For most the end of summer is a sad time associated with the onset of cold and rainy weather. But the early people obviously did not think so and enjoyed the onset of autumn. Semin day was accompanied by joy and mass celebrations. With wires the summer and early fall was associated with a huge number of traditions.

This day is considered the most appropriate for a housewarming, and for the settlement of brownie in his new home.

For boys and girls this holiday was the beginning of the wedding week. From this time began the bride, when there was a formal introduction of the groom’s parents and bride’s parents.

This day was the beginning of home gatherings. Women were going home, lit a candle and did needlework.

The children, aged 3 years, this day was performed the rite of tonsure. The child was cut a small bunch of hair, and then the godfather went with the child riding a horse on the yard. This was the time when a woman needs to transfer his son to men in the family.

People who wanted to escape poverty and family scandals, this day was buried flies and cockroaches. Flies and cockroaches are personified poverty and discord, and it was their ritual to bury. The coffin was made of pumpkin, and were buried away from the house. Also this tradition is associated with the wires of the summer.

Signs in Semin day

The main theme was, of course, the end of summer — he is devoted to many signs. Many beliefs connected with agriculture and the change of seasons — summer to autumn.

Semin day was the last suitable day for sowing rye.

The rain this day was a good sign. But if the weather was dry, so all the other autumn months are rainy.

If the day of St. Simeon Metoprolola flying geese, winter will come early.

In the Christian Church the day of Saint Simeon Stylites was associated with the new year. This day began the New year on the Church calendar. However, the Orthodox Church venerated on this day Simeon the Stylite and offering prayers.

Unfortunately, not all people give due importance to such old folk holidays, like day of St. Simeon Metoprolola, although traditions and superstitions can be useful not only for people engaged in agriculture. Believers in this day can go to Church and pray to Saint Simeon the Stylite, which can help in healing. Remember the old traditions, be happy