In 2017, the feast of the Holy Trinity, which is always celebrated on the 50th day after Easter, falls on Sunday, June 4.
What is the history of this holiday and what are the traditions on this day, found out the Facts ICTV.
The history of the holiday
On this day the Holy apostles, followers of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, who symbolizes the Trinity of God. From this day God sent the apostles the gift to speak in different languages. And that Trinity is the birthday of the Church. A week after her called “Green-tide”.
All Orthodox churches in this day are decorated with birch branches, lilac, maple – they symbolize a renewal for the soul.
After the divine Liturgy on the feast of the Trinity in churches committed special service with the reading of the kneeling prayers, the priest reads the prayers, kneeling at the king’s gate, face to the faithful, the congregation also kneels for the first time after Easter.
Traditions and signs
Trinity celebrated for three days. Hostess to her very carefully prepared: bring the house clean, decorate homes with fresh branches of maple, birch, willow, Linden, flowers and herbs, which symbolizes prosperity and new life cycle.
The Saturday before the holiday is memorial day. People in churches light candles for the repose of deceased relatives. Especially praying for the dead, premature death, considering them victims of the wily mermaids.
Holiday women bake cakes, cook meat and fish appetizers. In some regions this day to paint eggs green.
First day – Green Sunday – the people consider the day’s activity and cunning mermaids and other mythical evil. The herbs, which decorate the house, is a protection and a talisman from them. On the morning of this day the temples are public services. Then people go to each other’s homes. Begin mass celebrations, fairs.
Trinity has always been considered a girl’s holiday. They weave wreaths, dropping them into the river for divination. Then they went into the woods to walk. To this day, bake the loaf and distributed it in the woods by unmarried girls. These pieces are dried and stored until the wedding, then kneading the crackers in the dough for the wedding loaf. Believed that they will bring them to a new family well-being and love. Then, under the birch organized the picnic festive meal. In the evening people were entertained by mummers.
The second day is called Klechalnoe Monday. After the service the priests went to the fields to read prayers asking God for blessing for the next harvest.
On the third, Bohodukhiv day, the guys choose their brides. Girls “drove Topol”, whose role was unmarried girl – the most beautiful woman in the village. It was decorated with wreaths, ribbons, branches and drove through the yards. Meet poplar was considered a great success. On this day in the wells, consecrated water.
The dew that fell on Pentecost, considered to be very healthy. The girls advise her to wash to preserve youth and beauty.
If that day is raining – will be a good harvest, warm mushroom and summer.
Earlier it was reported that on Monday, June 5, Ukraine will have an extra day off.