Seeing the winter in 2019
The period when winter ends and spring comes is considered to be one of the most important events in antiquity. The pagans believed that the health and well-being of a person until the next year depended on how the holidays were going on. In the people, the meeting of spring received several different names, each of which reflected the essence of the celebration. Spring, with its warmth and fertility, ensured a comfortable life for people. Not by chance, they prepared very carefully for parting with the winter and meeting the spring.
Seeing the winter in 2019 will be held for seven days - seven weeks before the feast of Bright Easter. This year, the holiday week will start on 4th and continue until March 10th. One of the most popular names for the celebration is Maslenitsa, but people see the winter farewell often called: Cheese Week, Pancake Maker, Olebuha, etc. The main traditions of the holiday are festivals, funny rituals and cooking the main treat - pancakes.
According to Slavic mythology, pancakes symbolize the sun, warming the earth after a cold winter.In addition to this food, hostesses certainly prepared dishes from milk and eggs. After the holiday Lent comes, therefore preparing for the celebrations in advance. People had a wonderful opportunity to pamper themselves and their loved ones with fish, cheese and other products prohibited in a strict fast. There was order in the houses and yards, they did not forget about fun entertainment.
In the ancient Slavs, the winter farewell was called Komoeditsa. It is believed that this particular pagan holiday became the ancestor of Maslenitsa. Komoyeditsu noted 7 days before the Slavic new year - the day of the vernal equinox. Over time, when Christian holidays appeared, this period began to be celebrated as Cheese Week.
Popular and Christian holidays have different essence and meaning. Cheese week is celebrated by the Orthodox on the eve of the beginning of Lent. Since among the permitted products were dairy products, butter and cheese, this week received such a speaking name.
Maslenitsa is not included in the church calendar and is considered a national celebration of farewell to the winter cold, and is celebrated at the spring equinox.Over time, this holiday became a real folk festival, which was celebrated for all seven days, and each had its own special meaning. The main symbol of the celebrations are treats for pancakes and festivities, which end with the rite of burning stuffed winter.
A distinctive feature of this celebration are folk festivals. They take place throughout the week, and all residents of the locality (village, city, village) must take part in them. These days on the streets of cities costumed theatrical performances are arranged, in the countryside they are replaced by fun fairs. It is believed that the farewell of winter should be celebrated by everyone, regardless of age. This is one of the few holidays when funny round dances, songs and dances are the main components of the celebration.
The people believed that it was impossible to grieve at Maslenitsa, otherwise the whole year would pass in misfortunes and hardships. Even the disease could not always be an obstacle to participation in the general fun. To create a festive atmosphere, they decorated not only houses and farmsteads, but also all the main streets of the village. Young people take part in fun contests, while adults prepare treats and invite guests.
Farewell to the winter should be celebrated in the fresh air, only occasionally running into the home to warm up from the cold. Sitting in the house could be the reason that the family will feel need and sorrow all year. Fun and entertainment should have attracted spring, which will be supportive of those who are sincerely waiting for her and glad to see her come.
Holiday Week Traditions
Seeing off the winter in 2019 will begin on March 4 and continue until the 10th. Every day of the week has a special meaning and traditions of celebration. Rituals are accompanied by folk rituals, which also have their special meaning:
On the eve of the celebration, it was necessary to be cleansed of all sins, so people bathed in baths and made new festive clothes.During all seven days, it was decided to regale friends and relatives with homemade pancakes, visit cemeteries and leave them treats. After burning the stuffed Shrovetide, the housewives cleaned the houses, washed the dishes, washed and burned all the remnants of the festive food.
Even in antiquity, many signs and beliefs were connected with the wires of winter. Many of them were related to crop weather and family well-being. There was a sign of pancakes, on the number of which depended the health of all family members. It was believed that the more pancakes at Shrovetide the hostess baked, the better. If the pancakes were burnt, they had to be given to a cat or dog, otherwise someone close could be ill. Bad taste pancakes talked about the health of the hostess, which could soon get sick. To avoid this, a tasteless pancake had to be burned in a furnace.
Young girls invited the groom, for this they baked pancakes and treated them to all the men on the street. If men thanked and asked for supplements, this year the girl could get married.
Although it was not customary to demonstrate personal relationships in public, during the winter farewell lovers could openly talk about their people and even kiss without fear of condemnation.It is believed that by showing their love, young people attracted happiness and well-being to their family life.
Traditions in different countries
In Catholic countries also celebrate the holiday of goodbye to the winter and the meeting of spring. Despite the fact that depending on national peculiarities, the name of the holiday may differ, the traditions are very similar to the Russian ones. Like Shrovetide, the winter farewell is marked before Lent. For many Catholics, this period is marked by carnivals and theatrical processions.
During the holidays comes a lot of recreational activities, games, competitions for adults and children. One of the most famous and popular celebrations in Europe is the Venice Carnival, which lasts for ten days. The main entertainment of the carnival are pancake races, in which all city residents take part. The main objective of the competition is jogging with a frying pan in hand, on which lies a festive pancake. The winner, who brought the pancake to the finish line the fastest, is awarded valuable gifts.
Farewell to the winter and other countries: in Canada and the UK, in Australia and Argentina.In Greece, the main treats of the holiday are cheesecakes, which are baked according to special old recipes. The Poles are preparing for the holiday another traditional treat - donuts. Filling donuts can be very different: cottage cheese, cheese, vegetables, potatoes.
The longest festival dedicated to the winter wires is held in Argentina. Residents of this country celebrate the meeting of the spring for two whole months. In Norway, the winter is escorted only two days, but even in such a short time, the inhabitants of this country have enough time to have fun.
Despite the fact that the winter farewell is considered one of the most ancient Slavic celebrations, the holiday remains relevant in modern society. Some traditions are a thing of the past, but the main ones have remained, and are very popular with both urban and rural residents. The main essence of the holiday is not gone either - this period is dedicated to the rebirth of all life after a long winter. Heat is returning, the land is preparing for a new crop that will provide people with food, and therefore well-being.
Regardless of the country of residence and name, the holiday unites people and gives faith in the best.These days it is very important to be close to your close and dear people, reconcile and forgive all offenses. Farewell to winter is a symbol of rebirth and openness to a new, happy life.