Ilyin day: what can and should not be done on a holiday

Checking signs honoring the formidable prophet.

On Thursday, August 2, Orthodox believers celebrate Ilyin's Day. With this celebration, Christians are associated with many beliefs and prohibitions that people are trying to abide by so as not to incur the wrath of the saint.

Elijah the prophet in Russia was revered along with Nicholas the Wonderworker and addressed him with various requests. The people believed that the prophet Elijah was the lord of thunder, that is, the heavenly fire (and therefore dubbed as a terrible saint), as well as rain, that is, the patron of the harvest and fertility.

What not to do on this day

There is a belief that with the onset of Ilyin's day, the summer ends, which means that it is strictly forbidden to swim in reservoirs in order not to catch a cold. In addition, on the feast of our ancestors strictly refrained from any work that, according to popular belief, does not bring any benefit, and can only anger the saint. It is impossible according to the traditions on this day to swear, to swear, even to allow bad thoughts.

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At the same time, the Slavs believed that it was on Ilyin's day that all the devilry, fleeing from the fiery arrows of the saint, turned into forest animals - hares, foxes, wolves ...

What is true in folk traditions, and what is a lie, we learned from an Orthodox priest.

Archpriest Alexander Ilyashenko, rector of the Moscow Church of the All-Merciful Savior:

- You should always swim carefully in rivers, lakes and seas, so as not to overcool, and not to get burnt. But it is absolutely impossible to anger the saint with good housework - this is a godly thing. Another question is that worldly vanity (cleaning, cooking, washing) does not distract you greatly from the essence of the holiday. Well, swearing and cussing is never good! Regarding the belief that the evil force is turning into animals, I can say one thing: complete nonsense. Although it is not given to comprehend all the mysteries of the universe, but the devil has many faces and cunning.

What is allowed on Ilyin Day

Of course, like any church holiday, Ilyin's day was celebrated by our ancestors by going to the temple. At the same time, Christians prayed to the saint about everything, but especially about protection from various diseases and about family well-being. The laity carried the seeds to the church to sanctify them and initiate a future rich harvest. The hostesses baked cookies, and the villagers gathered for a festive meal - bratchina.

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The holiday ended with usually friendly and family gatherings, festivities, songs, dances and round dances.

And by the way,Archpriest Alexander Ilyashenko, rector of the Moscow Church of the All-Merciful Savior, considers these traditions to be correct.

“I fully support,” the priest answered us.

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