Ebene Magazine – Saint Sylvester’s Day – January 15: Dos and Don’ts ru

Ebene Magazine - Saint Sylvester's Day - January 15: Dos and Don'ts ru

January 15 – Sylvester’s Day (St. Sylvester’s Day), or as they call the Chicken Festival. Also on this day, the church honors the memory of the Monk Seraphim of Sarov. This is what the FOLK TRUTH writes about.

The day got its name in honor of the church holiday – St. Sylvester’s Day. Pope Sylvester I lived in the 4th century and became famous for the miracle he created. According to legend, he caught the sea serpent Leviathan and thereby prevented the end of the world. Our ancestors on this day celebrated the day of Kura and Kurki, or the Chicken Festival. On this day, it is customary to clean chicken coops. To protect the chicken coop from evil spirits, a black stone with a hole was hung in it – « chicken god ». Sylvester was read on bulbs. They cleaned 12 pieces (while trying not to cry), put a pinch of salt on each pinch and left them on the stove until morning. Whichever bulb is wet – such a month will be rainy. There were also simpler signs of the weather. At night they looked a month, if both horns are sharp and bright – to the wind; if both horns are steep – to frost; gentle horns foreshadowed bad weather. Magpies promised a snowstorm if they flew near housing.

The church honors the memory of the Monk Seraphim of Sarov twice a year. August 1 marks the uncovering of the relics in 1903. And on January 15, Orthodox Christians celebrate the repose of the monk.

Recall that on January 14, the Old New Year was traditionally celebrated, and according to the Orthodox calendar, it was the Circumcision of the Lord, the Day of Remembrance of St. Basil the Great.

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