Holy week 2019: traditions and taboos of the last days of lent

Страстная неделя 2019: традиции и запреты последних дней Великого поста

Holy week, or as it is also called passion week – the last week before Easter, which in 2019 falls on April 21-27. Holy week is the main time period of lent to prepare for Pascha.

Believers in the Holy week recall the last days of the life of Jesus Christ, the betrayal of Judas and crucifixion of the Lord on the cross. In Holy week it is customary to clean your body both physically and spiritually, to restore purity in the home and the yard. Every day of the week before Easter is called the Great, and each of them has its own traditions and taboos.

Great Monday. On this day, Orthodox believers remember the parable of the merchants that Jesus drove from the temple and the barren Fig tree (Fig), the cursed for not fed him. Figs is a symbol of the human soul which is angry, does not recognize his mistakes, jealous, not able to forgive, in other words, can not produce spiritual fruit. Monday, people began to restore order in their homes. All unnecessary things during this period, you need to throw away or give to the needy, thus you will attract into your house and into your family something new and good.

Great Tuesday. On this day in the churches remember the parable of the last judgment, the resurrection of the dead given to Caesar. These parables talk about the possibility to see God; about the need to be brave on the way to goodness and never lose heart. The house this day continues cleaning and starts the purchase and preparation of food for the Easter holiday.

The great environment. The temples recall the repentance of a sinner Mary Magdalene and put them against the traitor Judas, who for 30 pieces of silver betrayed his teacher and friend. In Holy Wednesday, especially strict is the post, some prefer not to eat anything that day. The environment must already be completed around the house and put in perfect order. It is forbidden to do a General cleaning in the future days and even a week after Easter.

Great Thursday. On this day, remember the last supper of Jesus Christ and his disciples, the foot washing by Jesus of his disciples and farewell with them, a prayer to the Lord Father of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane and Judas ‘ betrayal. The evening of the eve of Friday is the worst time for the Church, then condemned Jesus. Our ancestors tried on Holy Thursday to wash before sunrise. It was thought that this was a way to protect themselves from disease.

On Maundy Thursday the believers go to Church and take it home the lit candle. Our ancestors believed that on this day you will have to clip the hair to grow better and cut the first babies to grant them health and good fortune. Also on Holy Thursday the people began to bake Easter cakes and Pasca.

Good Friday. This day the most difficult trials of Jesus, the day of uplift to Calvary and crucifixion. Orthodox to this day refrain from eating food, not doing any business, try to pray more and repent. Good Friday – the most mournful day. Not in the Church is a service Church bells fall silent. Our ancestors on this day also watched the weather: if on Great Friday, the sky is overcast – the bread to be born unclean; if clean – a harvest of joy.

Great Saturday. On this day Jesus was in a coffin. On Saturday the Orthodox also tried not to eat and pray. In addition, in this day you can watch the descent of the Holy Sepulchre Holy fire, which symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is believed that in this way the Lord sends a message that the world receives the blessing if the Holy fire does not descend – it is necessary to prepare for the end of the world. On Easter Saturday, the hostess was finishing the last preparation for Easter, namely, Easter – painted eggs, baked sausage, preparing other festive dishes.