On January 7, all Orthodox people celebrate the great Christmas holiday. It is preceded by Christmas Eve or a holy evening (January 6), which is accompanied by many traditions and rituals. Do you want to meet christmas correctly? Then this article is specially for you!
The holy evening is the last day of the Christmas fast, the main purpose of which is to be spiritually cleansed in order to prepare for the great feast. Dinner on January 6 should be modest, lean and non-alcoholic.
Many mistresses, following ancient traditions, prepare 12 lean dishes, among which there must be Hungry throat. Before you go to church for service, you should break up with kutya and try a little bit each of 11 lean dishes.
It should be remembered that "well-fed belly to prayer is deaf." During the meal one can not talk much, and also scold and gossip. Lenten dishes should be drunk with a knot, not with water.
Those who are going to take communion on the nightLiturgies, should taste food for the last time not less than 6 hours before the communion, that is, approximately from 6 pm. The Vespers service is connected with the liturgy and is served in the morning. So we fast until the moment when a candle is brought out into the center of the temple and the troparion is sung to the Christ before her.
Visiting the night or morning service - thisgrace. But you need to look at your strength: if there is health and desire, it is necessary to share the universal joy in the temple. Night service contribute to a deeper perception of the great holiday.
After the end of the liturgy, a festive feast begins. You can meet Christmas first in the temple, and then arrange a family celebration. Everyone decides for himself how to spend this holiday.
Mostly people prefer to rest afterService. In the evening, to arrange a Christmas dinner, it is customary to add various delicacies to the hungry kutya. So is preparing a generous kutya, which the godchildren bear to the kings. Christmas dinner often consists of hearty meat dishes, dry wine, kutya and Uzvara.
Do not forget to share with your friends this useful information - they will be grateful. Tasty kutya, warm knot and good mood!