Vasiliev day: the history of the holiday and signs

This day was watching the weather: snow or frost on this day promised a fertile year, a clear starry sky promised a crop of peas and berries, and Blizzard is a good collection of nuts

St. Basil The Great

Today, January 14, Vasilev celebrated the day to the calendar reform coincided with the beginning of the new year.

The history of the holiday

This day is celebrated in honor of St. Basil the Great, known as Basil of Caesarea. This Saint in the 4th century was the Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, and became famous as a theologian, author of numerous sermons and Creator of the idea of the iconostasis.

St. Basil the Great, along with St. Nicholas Priory, anciently enjoyed special veneration of the faithful. The relics of St. Basil is in the Pochaev Lavra. Venerable head of St. Basil are kept in the Lavra of St. Athanasius on Athos, and his right hand in the altar of the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem.

It is noteworthy that the Holy Rus was nicknamed Basil Svinarnik. The fact is that Basil was considered the patron Saint of pigs, and on New year previously always cooked pork.

However, this day it was customary to go caroling with appropriate introductions: “Mumps Yes Borovka for outstanding Vasilyev evening”; “Gut and legs in the upper window”. He said that “Basil Yuletide divides in half”: from 7 to 14 January celebrated “Holy evening”, and with 14 to 19 — “scary”.

Signs of Vasilievo of the day

This day girls guessed about marriage, and the people also, there are special signs.

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