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Belarus Radunitsa

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Celebrated in Belarus Radunitsa – All Souls’ Day. Radunitsa – one of the oldest holidays rooted in pagan times, the Eastern Slavs and linked with the cult of ancestors. After the baptism of Rus began his mark on St. Thomas week. On this day the Orthodox cemetery visit and pray for the repose of the souls of their loved ones and share with them the joy of the resurrection of Christ. Belarus Radunitsa is the official day off. By tradition This day was not desirable that a sow or plant.

On the eve of Radunitsa hostess cooked food for the remembrance of the cemetery, and the number of dishes had to be odd. All cooked evolved into a large canvas scarf, there is added blessed at Easter colored eggs. In the morning people went to church, remembered loved ones, and after dinner went to the cemetery. Women wailing over the graves, and the men had to roll the egg with the consecrated the words’ Christ is risen. ” Then silence all sitting around the grave, the mistress exhibited numerous dishes. The solemn feast began with the invitation of the deceased. After the meal, some food and vodka were left to dead, but remains distributed to the poor. Memorial Day in taverns ancestors ended with singing and dancing.

These days, the clergy are calling for moderate consumption of alcohol in the cemeteries and emphasize that not Radunitsa should turn into a meal. Radunitsa taken on visit cemeteries. Tradition says that once a pious old man Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, along with a deacon at Easter went pokadit cave, where resting deceased. And only they exclaimed: ‘Christ is risen, fathers and brethren, “as heard in response to loud exclamation:” He is risen indeed! ” Arriving at the cemetery, it is necessary to light a candle, make a litany – a short prayer-on repose of the souls of the dead. To make a rank of lithium at All Souls invite priest. You can then clean up the grave, or just shut up and remember the deceased. Custom to leave on the grave of a glass of vodka and a piece of bread ‘for dead ‘- a relic of paganism. It should therefore not be respected in Orthodox families. Food is better to give to a beggar or hungry.


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