The Nativity: history, traditions and superstitions of the holiday

The Nativity of the blessed virgin, and the Nativity, is one of the important Orthodox holidays. With this celebration associated important traditions that should be respected by every Orthodox believer.

On 21 September in many churches of our country will be held a solemn service in honor of the Birth of the great mother of God. On this day the virgin Mary was born, which later gave the world the Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Nativity was traditionally celebrated in a big way, and was considered one of the largest Orthodox events. Many holiday traditions that honored our ancestors, now forgotten. To avoid this eventually, the experts of the website dailyhoro.ru gathered the most important ones.

The history of the holiday

Unfortunately, our time has come is little information about the history of the day of the Nativity of the virgin. But we know that the festival began to celebrate in the early 7th century. Our lady was born during the reign of Herod the Great, in a small town near Jerusalem. At that time there were devout childless couple — wife Anna and Joachim, who every day prayed to the Lord to grant them a child. One of them was the angel signaled that God heard their prayers and sent the couple a girl whom they named Mary.

Holiday traditions

The great religious festival of the Nativity of the virgin was connected with the popular celebration of the harvest — Seninmi.

The Nativity of the virgin Mary, like other religious holidays, has its own traditions. For centuries, people honored and respected them. For the believers this day possessed special spiritual power.

Women and girls on 21 September was early morning on the river. It was believed that if a woman wash up before sunrise, its beauty will be preserved to old age. If an unmarried girl wash up before sunrise, this year will are engaged.

The couple called their parents to visit. It was believed that parents need in this day to give advice on the farm the bride and groom. The young wife was preparing a birthday cake and guests were treated. If the cake would burn, her husband handed the whip to punish the wife for the spoiled dish. In turn, the groom showed how he grows in the yard. If at the end of the ceremony the guests were satisfied, they gave gifts to young and thanked for the hospitality.

For women this holiday was a mandatory tradition to visit the Church to light a candle to our lady. The candle was wrapped in paper on which pre-written their requests. What desire will burn, and those will be executed. If burned all desires, then all requests will be fulfilled.

Signs on the Nativity of the virgin

In addition to the traditions that were required to comply, with this holiday was associated many people take, most of which concerns weather.

To find out how cold will be winter, this day was watching the birds. If they fly low and cling to each other, expect a cold winter if flying high in the sky — warm.

If Christmas morning foggy, it means that fall weather will be rainy, but if the sky is cloudless in the morning, we should expect dry and cold weather.

It was believed that in the Nativity the Sun and the moon playing hide and seek. This time was the autumn equinox, when day length was equal to the length of the night. After a day will become shorter.

Women who at Christmas will not submit asking for, could not hope in the coming year to give birth to children. This is due to the special symbols of the holiday and the importance of the Theotokos in Orthodox culture, which has always been considered the patroness of mothers and of motherhood.

Not only our ancestors paid attention to the important Church events but also at present, people have respect for Orthodox holidays. On this day in churches and temples you can see many believers who come to pray, ask the Holy virgin for forgiveness, blessings and, of course, health. Take care of yourself and your loved ones