Traditions and omens of the great feast of baptism

Baptism is a very important religious holiday. Do you know its history and basic traditions? If not, then be sure to find out.

How did the holiday come about?

The history of the feast of Epiphany goes back in time. Jesus Christ was about thirty years old when he came from Nazareth to Bethabar, where the Jordan River was located. There he was met by John, whom the appearance of Jesus greatly surprised. But Christ asked to baptize him in order to get rid of all worldly sins and to cleanse the soul.

He entered the waters of the Jordan, and John performed the rite of baptism. And at that very moment the Spirit of God itself came down from heaven, which took the form of a dove. He said the phrase: "This is my beloved son, in whom is my blessing."

A beautiful holiday

After baptism, according to gospel stories, Jesus retired to the wilderness to pray and prepare for what he was meant to do in the earthly world. He was cleansed for 40 days and did not eat anything so that the devil would not take possession of his soul.Thus, the mission of Jesus was witnessed.

The church feast of the Baptism of the Lord is one of the Great Feasts, that is, it is included in the 12 most important, dedicated to the earthly life of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary.

Sometimes this day is called the Epiphany, since all people were able to see the Spirit of God himself, but in the Orthodox Church Baptism stands apart and is celebrated separately. It is believed that such a religious holiday has been celebrated since 988, that is, since the adoption of Christianity in Russia.


When is baptism celebrated? It falls on January 19th. But also an important date is Christmas Eve - January 18, it is in the evening of this day that preparations begin. By the way, the period from the Nativity of Christ to the Baptism is called Christmastime.


It is believed that in order to prepare for such an important holiday and be cleansed of all sins, you need to cleanse your body on Christmas Eve. And that is why on January 18, that is, on Christmas Eve, all Orthodox people observe fasting, refusing meat dishes, high-calorie foods, eggs, as well as dairy products and fish. You can eat vegetables, berries, fruits, cereals, nuts, and so on. Such a post lasts only one day.


Church rites

On the evening of Christmas Eve, worship begins in all the churches. All clergymen are dressed in white vestments, which mean spiritual cleansing, good intentions and readiness for absolution.

After the service is the consecration of water. Then the clergy go to the natural reservoirs and sanctify them so that all people have the opportunity to feel the effect of the healing sanctified water.

Holy water

The main attribute of the holiday is holy water. It is believed that it possesses unique properties for only two days, that is, from the evening of January 18, and indeed the day of January 19. To get water, it is not necessary to stand in line at the church, although of course, such water will be considered truly unique and holy.

But you can dial it in any sanctified reservoir. And since the water from the reservoirs is sent to the water pipes, it turns out that the ordinary water supply also becomes partly holy, which is confirmed by the clergy.

An important winter holiday

All believers know that holy water has unique properties. For example, if you sprinkle her house, you can clear it of all evil forces and bless. Water is used for bathing, washing.Many drink it to cleanse their bodies from the inside and ask for forgiveness for such a sin as gluttony. Also, this water can be used for cooking.

Epiphany bathing

In such an Orthodox holiday as the Baptism of the Lord, many believers go swimming in an ice-hole. At about 11 pm on January 18, the clergy begin the consecration ceremony. For this, an ice hole is cut in the ice, called the Jordan.

According to church canons, it should have the shape of an Orthodox cross, but such a rule is not always and not everywhere observed in the modern Orthodox world. The priest begins to read the corresponding prayers and three times immerses the Orthodox cross with a crucifix in water.

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

After that, all comers and the bravest can swim in the ice hole. If you are afraid to catch cold, then throw away such fears. It is believed that holy water, even icy, not only does not provoke a cold, but also heal the body and spirit.

What is the meaning of bathing? First, it marks the complete purification and forgiveness of sins. Secondly, Orthodox believers seem to show that they are ready to enter the waters with Jesus to accept the faith and follow it.

How to swim in the hole? There are no special rules, but still it is better to immerse yourself in water three times, to cross and say the words: "In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." In addition, do not turn during diving west, since this part of the world is considered the abode of impure forces. It is necessary to dive with the head. It is best to swim on Epiphany night from January 18 to January 19, but during the day of January 19, this rite is also carried out by many.

Beliefs and customs

There are a variety of traditions associated with the Epiphany night. It is believed that it is special. All wishes come true at this time. But the divination is best to refuse, since they are forbidden by the Orthodox Church. In addition, all who wanted to tell fortunes have already managed to do this during the Christmas season.

Some customs:

  • It was believed that January 18 - the day of rampant evil spirits. And in order to protect their home, lit church candles were placed in it, and a cross was hung on the door.
  • If a silver bowl is filled with water and placed on a table or a window sill, then at midnight this water should shake. This means that the heavens opened up, and the Spirit of God appeared.And all the wishes that will be made at this moment will surely come true.
  • Girls have long wiped their face with snow and ice to make it beautiful and young.
  • All dreams dreamed on Epiphany night were considered prophetic.
  • If a person decides to be baptized on this holiday, he will be happy.
  • If this holiday young agree on a wedding, their life together will be happy and long.

If you still decide to tell fortunes, after divination, you will certainly swim in the hole in the hole, so that the Lord will forgive such a sin.

Several ways:

  • An unmarried girl before bedtime can say these words: “Condemned, mumbled, come to me dressed up.” After this phrase, the future bridegroom must surely dream.
  • Many girls went out on the porches and threw their boots. Where the sock looked, from that side it was necessary to wait for the betrothed.

What not to do at Baptism?

Great holiday

On the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, firstly, it is not worth working. It is better to devote such a day to completely cleansing from sins and soul and body. And all things set aside for later. Secondly, you can not utter abusive words. Third, do not do bad things. Listen to your heart and remember that goodness always returns. And fourthly, do not quarrel with your loved ones, as the scandals are a sin.

Spend this day right to be cleaned physically and spiritually!

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