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A Collection of Russian folk traditions, celebrations and rituals


Here you’ll find Russian superstitions and omens connected with national and religious holidays. Folk and religious in our culture are closely intertwined, and sometimes it is impossible to separate one from the other.

The Church calendar specifying the days honoring saints, fasts and feasts in the Russian tradition significantly changed. Also, as in the pagan period, a year in the perception of the peasant is divided into a dark, dangerous time, and the period of light, as benevolent. Significant changes were Holy and righteous, which tells the Church. Basically, the saints became the patrons of agricultural and household chores. Moreover, every Saint has given his “site of work” is to take care of children’s health, protect the cattle from wild animals, to protect from the violence of natural elements. Thus, in our culture blended pagan and Christian start.

Every day in the Russian folk calendar has its own traditions, customs and symbols, every day is associated with certain Proverbs and history. It is not surprising that national holidays have become a real encyclopedia of country experience. Even more interestingly, all of these experiences were passed down mostly orally from generation to generation. Any farmer know what day to sow flax, what day is designed to repair the instrument when it is necessary to start to throw the hay in the mow or harvest the cabbage.

In the vast spaces of Russia holidays and traditions differ depending on the region. But were in Russia and great feasts, mandatory for all. These days the village was freed from all work, people smartly dressed, and chose a blissful, pleasant topics of conversation. Most revered Easter. Christmas and Trinity. Festivals celebrated Maslenitsa. Saved. Ivanov and Petrov day. As usual, the holiday morning began with a visit to the Church, and continued at home and in nature. Also rest and fellowship with God was dedicated to the twelve feasts. This is, first of all, on exaltation. Baptism. Annunciation. The Transfiguration Of The Lord. The Assumption Of The Blessed Virgin Mary. All of these holidays are twelve, as it was said in old times – «two ten».

Spells and incantations, rituals and predictions – is also a significant body of our culture, and we pay them much attention. Interesting traditions of the Russian people — household rituals associated with the digging of wells, pet care and household chores, almost a thing of the past. But among them you can find a lot of interesting and useful even today. More persistent are Russian family rituals associated with birth, wedding, funeral. With minor loss of these customs have survived to the present day.

As for predictions, charms and spells, we can say that now few people believe in its practical sense. But for the person who is interested in the history and culture of Russia, they are a priceless treasure. Predictions and conspiracies tell us about what he was afraid of the people in former times, and was striving for. Basically, magic actions were aimed at achieving a good result, and protection from evil forces.

How fascinate and surprise her culture and stateliness Russian national holidays, inhaled in itself centuries-old beauty and wisdom of the people! The Russians know, remember and understand what and how they celebrate, cherish and honor their Grand tradition. It is a celebration of Russians come to see hundreds of thousands of people-foreigners.

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