August traditions in Romania

Posted on 2017-08-26    Category Traditions

August  traditions are part of the summer traditions of the romanians. It are connected with the religious life, and the church.  Are diferent saints and martyrs celebrated in this month wich is also a month of hollydays and vacations for everybody. Will talk about the celebrations of "Changing at the Face", "Dormition of Our Lady or Holy Mary" and "The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist".

Changing of Jesus Face

This holiday is celebrated on August 6th and is known in the people as Obrejenie, Pobrojenia or Probojeni.

The change to the Face of Jesus Christ is one of the twelve important celebrations. It has a very important significance for Christians and highlights the moment when the Savior's apostles on Mount Tabor have convinced that Jesus is not a mere prophet of God, but the Son of God.

On Mount Tabor, as Jesus Christ prayed, the apostles who suddenly came back when the image of the Savior changed, His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as snow. In this light, two men appear and talk to Jesus about His Passion and Death in Jerusalem. These are the great prophets of the Old Testament, Moses and Elijah.

Besides Christian meaning, this day is also the beginning of autumn. It is considered as the landmark between summer and autumn. The weather is starting to change from this day.

 The elders say that on this day the heavens are opened, and those who have the pure soul can see God and the Gates of Heaven.Those who do not respect this celebration will be punished by illness and those who do not see their head shadow at sunrise are said to die until the end of the year.It is not good to haggle you with anyone and not to be quarreled by someone, that you will be the whole year. People who pray on this day will escape the affliction of a vice and will be healed.If the Day of Change to the weather is sunny and pleasant, autumn will be a fruitful and immersive one. The people say that if in the fasting of the Mother of God there is rain, winter will be snowy.

The Church has arranged for this feast to be eaten for the joy of the feast. Believers take the fruits of the garden to the church to be blessed by the priest, then share them with the poor. There are memories for the salvation of the souls of the past.In some areas, it is said that it is not good to scatter in the fast mountain waters, as the waters cool, and the deer come to defile them.

Dormition of Our Lady or Holy Mary

Every year on August 15, the faithful celebrate an important Orthodox celebration, namely the Assumption of the Virgin. It is known in the folk tradition as Saint Mary or Holy Mary the Great. At the heart of this holiday is the most feminine figure of the religious calendar. The celebration is called the Assumption because, on the one hand, within the church, one can not speak of a saint's own death, and on the other hand the church tradition says that the end of the Virgin Mary was like sleeping.It is said that when the Last Judgment comes, the Virgin Mary is the one who will give with the fish net through hell, and the souls of those who manage to cling to the fish nets will be forgiven of sin.In rural areas, women go to church this morning to share grapes, plums, honeycombs, and then go to the cemetery to tamper tombs.It is the day when people let go of the harvest of the vineyards, the nuts to get fruit, and it is also the last day when plants can be harvested for cureIn Moldova, this holiday is considered the feast of the dead.

All those who have passed away and who bear the name of the Holy Sea are mentioned.On the feast day, boiled or cooked corn is eaten to be healthy until the next harvest.Another custom kept in many areas of the country before leaving the sun to leave the door open, for the Mother of God to bless your house when you pass by your household.Also at St. Mary of the Great, the shepherds descend the sheep from the mountain and the men change their hat with the hat, a sign that they are finished in summer, a custom that is respected everywhere.

Traditions and Customs at the Beheading of St. John the Baptist

 On August 29, the Church celebrates St. John the Baptist's Beheaded of the Holy Prophet.It is known to the people as Saint John of the Autumn or the Holy Prophet Forerunner.Tradition tells St. John that he was a poor, poor young man. It is the greatest man born of woman and is the symbol of martyrs and missionaries.John the Baptist is a follower and supporter of Jesus Christ. He gathered around him a lot of people willing to follow him in faith and humility.Because of his preaching about repentance and humiliation, St. John was imprisoned at Herod's command. Herod, the then king of Judea, was upset and worried by the power of the prophet he suspected he wanted to turn people back against him.

As Herod's birthday approached, Salomea, the virgin who had taken her mind, was going to dance for him, but it only conditioned the king, promising to dance only if she received the prophets head as a gift on a silver tray.Fulfilling the desire of his concubine, Herod made St. John to be beheaded. He was afraid that the Baptist might rise again, as it did. That is why he commanded the disciples to bury only his body somewhere in Sevastia, and his head was buried in the yard of Herodias at great depth.  One of the most respected traditions is keeping the black feast. By this fasting, the fast-eaters save their soul from the most severe sins made in life, praying.Also on this day it is said that it is not good to use the knife, but everything is broken by hand.


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