Posted on 2019-01-22 Category Traditions
The first day of the year celebrates the celebration of St. Basil. A day with Christian roots, anchored in the great celebration of Christmas, being also called Little Christmas or Brother of Christmas. In popular tradition, Saint Basil appears as one of the saints who have done the greatest wonders, being a guardian of evil spirits. St. Basil's prayers remove the evil and unclean spirits of men.
- On St. Basil's day it is said that the first guest who comes into your house is good to be a man. How your guest, rich or poor, will be your year. It is good to drink a lot of wine this day, and there is the belief that as long as people drink this day, both blood will have their cheeks during the year.
- The children go with wishes of St. Basil and wish them the right health and work power. Housekeepers are welcoming and serve them with sweets, fruits and chops.
- If Saint Basil's night is "smooth and serene," it's a sign that the new year will be a good one.
- Another widespread habit is the attainment of a lamb on St. Basil's day, it brings luck and wealth.
- On the day of St. Basil, the Gypsies are habitually carving with a pork captain, embellished with ribbons and beads, a tradition called "Colindul cu Vasilica". After the caroling, all those who have been caroling gather to a carpet to cook. Then they split up, desecrate the captain and take every one they put, and make a lunch out of it, because the habit is closed for the year.
- It is good to be dressed in beautiful or new clothes on New Year's Day, because now they all come together, and that's how you will go all year long with luck, groan and joy from the Lord.
The Celebration of the Epiphany is the baptism in Jordan's water of the Savior Jesus Christ by Saint John the BaptistEpiphany is one of the biggest celebrations of the year for the Romans. Usually, during this period it is very cold, hence the phrase "the frost of the Epiphany", which, according to tradition, is a sign of the year.In the Romanian folk tradition, Epiphany is also called the Jordan Feast. It is a celebration dedicated to the purification of waters and nature.Traditions of Epiphany:• On the eve of the Epiphany, the priests go to the homes of the faithful to announce the baptism of the Savior Jesus Christ and to bless the believers' homes by sprinkling the holy water. On the eve there is a day of fasting - those who fast on this day say they are going well all the gold and are lucky.• According to Orthodox tradition, Christians need to eat boiled wheat and drink red wine, but only after they have held a black post and after the priest sanctified their house. All of this generally has a role to clean and remove the evil. • On the day of Epiphany, the young people go to the houses of the people and dress the animals for their health and fruit.• Over the Christian habits of water sanctification have overlapped and many pagan practices, such as: smokes of stables and cattle for the eviction of evil spirits of them, the burning of fires on the field or the collins accompanied by all sorts of screams and noises.• It is believed that if on the morning of Epiphany Epiphany, the trees are loaded with the Prophet, they will have rich fruit.• Another habit says that women are not allowed to wash their laundry for 8 days in order not to defile the barely sanctified waters.• If it is cold, prepare an ice cross to mark the place of the job, and at the end the priest throws a wooden cross into the water. Several men dive into the water to bring it back, and the one who pulls out the cross will have luck all year long.• If you stop and fall on ice on the Epiphany Day, it is sure that you will marry that year.• Epiphany closes the winter holiday cycle and has, besides the Christian meanings - the moment of the Savior's spiritual birth·
Holy Prophet John the Baptist, celebrated on January 7, marks the end of the winter holidays and also those dedicated to the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ. It is also known as "Sant-John" or "Before the Fool," because it announced the coming of the world to Christ.· It is known from the folk tradition that St. John the Baptist is the protector of the infant, and he protects him from evil, especially, taking care not to die baptized.· • This day is dedicated to splashing with water or snow to protect against illness in the new year.· • Some people celebrate St. John's Day for God to guard their homes for wild animals and wild beasts· Iordaneala· A custom from the elderly is "Women's Jordan", which is a wives party.· • Women gather at a host where they bring food and drink, then spend the morning, saying they are "jordan".· Jordan is a habit we meet today, many young people wake up in the morning and go to church to take aghiesm. After the end of the ministry, the young spatters every man who comes out of the church, eating health and happiness. The "Jordanite" people reward the mockers with the money they enjoy on the night of St. John.· The Ionite· Another tradition that we meet in Transylvania and Bucovina is the "Ionation of the Ionians".· • In Bucovina, the gates of all those who have this name are decorated with a fir tree, and they give a party with lautari, and in Transylvania those who wear this name are worn with great traveler from the village to the evil where they are baptized or purified .· • The elders say that in the morning of St. John every man must be sprinkled with aggression, in order to be free of diseases throughout the year.· • According to popular tradition, St. John is baptized with frost, that is, he softens the cold and begins to make himself warmer.