- Christian holiday, the final cycle of the New Year celebrations. The whole constitutional world celebrates this day on January 19th. But like any other holiday, baptism has its own history and traditions, which we will discuss in our article.
The baptism of the Lord is one of the 12 major Christian holidays. It is the Baptism that ends the Christmas time. Each year, the date of the holiday remains unchanged and the baptism of the Lord is celebrated on January 19. January 18 is the so-called Epiphany Eve, the eve of the Epiphany. The main symbol of the feast of Epiphany is water. It is believed that on the night of January 18-19, she will acquire special healing properties.
This holiday is associated with the baptism of Jesus Christ in the Jordan River. When Jesus was 30 years old, he came to the Jordan River, where John the Baptist baptized people in the sacred waters of this river. In those days, only adults were baptized, who deliberately made their choice.The baptism of Christ meant that he assumed full responsibility and fulfilled what was ordained during his earthly life.
The feast of the Baptism of the Lord has another name - the Epiphany. According to the Gospel, at the time of the baptism of Jesus, the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove. Stepping ashore, the voice of God was heard from heaven to Jesus, who called him his Son. This was heard by people, and John the Baptist, who baptized Christ, heard. So the Holy Trinity appeared to the world.
On the eve of Epiphany on January 18, it is customary to fast all day until the evening. In the evening on the Epiphany Eve, the whole family should certainly gather at one table to celebrate the second Holy evening, or, as it is also called, Hungry Kutya. On this day, prepare the last piece of Christmas and New Year holidays. On the table besides kutya there should also be only Lenten dishes: fish, dumplings with cabbage, pancakes, uzvar.
It is believed that from midnight on January 18 to midnight on January 19, all water becomes sacred and has healing powers. In memory of the fact that Christ blessed the water with his baptism, on the eve of the holiday the water is consecrated in churches, on the very day of the Epiphany - in rivers or other places where water is taken.Water that was consecrated at Baptism must be kept for a whole year — it is considered the best cure for illness and misfortune. Keep it taken next to the icon.
Another popular tradition of celebrating the Baptism of the Lord is bathing in the hole. Before the mass bathing, the priest lowers the cross into a special baptismal ice-hole called “Jordan” and thus sanctifies the water. On the day of Baptism, people with various ailments bathe in the hole in order to recover from the disease, as well as people who want to get rid of their sins. But it is important to remember that bathing in the hole is not just entertainment, it is a mystery. And you need to prepare for it, not only physically, but also morally.
According to the weather, which was at Baptism, the weather was determined for the summer. If on this day the weather was clear, sunny and frosty, then we talked about the possibility of the onset of a hot and hot summer. There was also a belief that if the sky was stellar on the night of Epiphany, it is worth waiting for a good harvest of nuts and berries. If someone was baptized on this day, then, according to popular wisdom, he will be the happiest person for life.