The period from the Bright Resurrection to the Red Hill is called in Orthodoxy the Easter week (Bright Week).
These days are characterized by mass festivities, as well as their own signs and traditions.
All Easter week in Orthodox churchesSpecial liturgies are held. All this time the deacon's doors and the gate of the altar remain open. This is a symbol of the fact that the resurrected Jesus opened the doors of the Kingdom of Heaven (heaven) to believers.
In addition, almost uninterruptedly these daysThe bells ring. It's because, according to the old tradition, everyone who wants - from a baby to an old man - will be able to get up on the bell tower and with his own hands to announce the place with bell-ringing chimes, sharing this Easter joy with other believers.
What can and can not be done on Easter week
All Holy Week, according to Orthodox customs,Should be devoted to entertainment. These days it is customary to go to each other's house and enjoy a meal. Unlike the Shrovetide week, Easter does not encourage unbridled fun. No excesses in food and, especially, fisticuffs should not be.
During the Easter week, you must go toCemetery and to remember the deceased. For this event there are as many as two days - Monday and Thursday. There is an opinion that it is on these days of the Holy Week that the souls of dead people return to earth from time to time, so that together with the living they can rejoice in the resurrection of Christ.
Meanwhile, the Orthodox Church does not approveMemories of the dead on Svetlaya Sedmice, which is why there are no memorials in the temples these days. The Church motivates its decision by the fact that Easter is a celebration of life and the mention of death will be superfluous.
Rituals and beliefs of the Easter week
The Easter week will be completed by another holiday,Which is popularly known as the Red Hill. From time immemorial it was the most popular day for marriage. In many Russian cities during Svetlaya Sedmice, the newlyweds' shows are arranged. At this time, rituals associated with the conclusion of the marriage union.
So, it is believed that the girl can bring marriage closer if she has time to get to the bell tower first and hit the bell.
According to popular belief, if the child appearsFor the light of the Easter week, he will have strong health. The girl will be able to preserve her beauty if she is washed by water, in which there was a painted Easter egg. It is also believed that during the week it is necessary at least once to give alms to the indigent, so that the whole year the family would have money.