What do at Easter: signs, folk customs and traditions
Ancient giveings, church books and biblical texts tell the modern person in detail what the faithful do in Easter and how to properly meet the Bright Feast of the Resurrection of Christ. We have compiled for you the most complete selection of all "possible" and "impossible", associated with the Easter celebrations. Using these tips, you can accurately observe all the traditions and do not break any religious canon.
What they do in Easter: holiday rituals and foundations
Everything that people do for Easter should be filled with bright, joyful, sincere and warm feelings, noble thoughts and positive moods. This wonderful day should be spent in the family circle, it is necessary to visit elderly relatives, wish each other health and happiness, treat everyone with traditional Easter treats and, of course, crocheted, welcoming others with the words: "Christ is Risen! Truly risen! ".
After the solemn morning worship service, it is customary to sit at the table and break the fast with tasty, hearty dishes, and give the rest of the food to the poor and the hungry. The evening time is characterized by daring celebrations, performances of youth groups, competitions with gifts, round dances, outdoor games and other festive entertainment.
Easter: you can not make a wake and why
The charter of the Orthodox Church clearly states that it is by no means impossible to make memorial services at Easter. The Holy Scripture explains to the faithful that the bright feast symbolizes the bright and wonderful return of the Savior to eternal life and personifies the victory of the Divine miracle over death. At such a moment sad thoughts, mournful memories and tragic feelings are simply inappropriate. Moreover, there are quite a few special days in the religious calendar that are intended for trips to cemeteries and commemoration of the departed.
What you need to do before Easter: preparations for the Resurrection of Christ
All that must be done before Easter is connected with religious customs and ancient traditions. The week preceding the Light holiday is named Passionate.During this period, the faithful daily observe the strictest fasting, and on Friday - the day of the execution of Jesus Christ on the Calvary cross - and at all refuse food.
All sorts of manifestations of noisy fun, joy and all sorts of vivid emotions are strictly prohibited. Do not go to Passion Week to visit nightclubs and restaurants, have fun at discos and go to the movies with friends. Week is recommended to spend in humility and devote the bulk of free time to reading the Bible, praying and remembering the deeds of Jesus.
On a Clean Thursday it is necessary to rise at dawn and wash in a bath, and then carefully clean the dwelling, throw away old rubbish and accumulated rubbish, wash all the dirty things up to the carpets, curtains and curtains, shine the kitchen utensils to shine, sweep all the fervor from the corners of the rooms and wash the windows so that the light of the divine miracle easily penetrates the house or apartment.
In the evening you need to bake yeast buttery cakes, prepare sweet curd pies with candied fruits, paint eggs, cut hair tips, so that in the future they grow thicker and by night finish all the hard and dirty work.
On Friday, it is appropriate to recall the sufferings of the Christians and spend this day in solitude. Any work on the ground with a shovel or rake on this day is unacceptable. The only thing you can do is sow parsley. According to the old people, the seed of this fragrant greens, thrown into the soil on Good Friday, will bring the owners a rich harvest.
Saturday morning must begin with good thoughts and good deeds. And in the evening, having collected a basket with Easter treats, all the faithful will go to vsemenochnuyu service, smoothly turning into a festive liturgy dedicated to Holy Easter.
What to do after Easter: how to spend the Bright Week
Almost everyone knows how to celebrate Holy Sunday, but not everyone knows what they are doing after Easter and what rituals and customs are associated with Easter week, called the Eastern Slavs by the Holy Week.
In the church calendar this period is called Holy or Gremyatsky week. Since ancient times it is believed that at this time you need to smile, have fun, enjoy life, actively rest and relax. In work, it is better not to be zealous, but to avoid dirty work.
On Bright Monday, men dress in clean, smart clothes and pay visits to all near and distant relatives, visit friends and friends, exchange holiday greetings with friends and give them gifts in the form of krushenki, Easter eggs and Easter cakes. Mothers, wives and daughters are at home at this time and are laying rich, waiting to visit their relatives and male friends.
On Tuesday, everything happens exactly the opposite. Dressed-up women leave for guests and fun get-togethers, while men stay at home behind the custodians of the family hearth.
Priests recommend that the whole week not be burdened by sad thoughts and painful thoughts, sincerely enjoy life, remember the most pleasant moments that happened in the last year, prepare for a fertile season and plan a summer vacation.
Requiem and commemoration is strictly prohibited. The whole week in no case can not grieve for the dead and grieve over the fact that they left their families and went into another world. It is already permitted to baptize children and adults, but the wedding procedure is still prohibited.
Attending entertainment at Easter and after it is not only possible but necessary,as well as to carry out bride shows, burn bonfires, dance, sing songs and dance, ride on the swings and spend all your free time in good company with kind, cordial and open people.