Often you can hear that in the church holidays are prohibited from working and wash. And if the ban many career seems simple and obvious, then why can not wash?
Do I need to go during the holidays dirty?
In fact it is necessary to understand a little bit differently.
What is the meaning of the ban to wash
Religious holidays - these are the days thatman must dedicate to God and his communion with the Church. This view is typical these days to all world religions. The best way to begin the day with prayer, attend the temple, confession or communion, perform any other religious rituals related to a specific day. This is the right thing to do during a church festival.
Even after you've visited the service,and can be washed, and do the cleaning at home, and fulfill its other business. The meaning of the ban is not to do not to wash or clean anything in the holiday home, and not to replace communion with God in those days anything else. First of all religious matters, and only secondarily - personal, worldly.
Nevertheless, public holidays and Sundays -particular, it is no wonder it is considered that six days to work, and the seventh to give to God. Therefore it is better to devote the whole of their charity, caring for others, the study of God's Word and other good works. A good cleaning would be prudent to finish on Saturday to meet Sunday in a clean house.
If a person in the holiday does not work, because you can not, but the church still is not - it is mere superstition, and it's wrong.
Religious holidays, when it is necessary to wash
There are special days when washing and cleaningenter the church ritual. For example, it is well-known Holy Thursday, when to not only wash himself, but also to clean the house, wash everything and make sure that the children in the family, too, do not forget to wash.
Another holiday that involves waterprocedure - Epiphany. On this special day, people in Russia are dipped into the hole, and those who are unable to do so, should at least be washed at home in the shower.
When swimming is forbidden
Elijah's Day - this time, after which comes the "official" ban on swimming in natural bodies of water. Celebrating its August 2nd. People say: "Holy Ilya wrote in the water."
After the second of August is usually set changeable weather with cold nights, and the water temperature ceases to be suitable for bathing.
There are many superstitions associated withvarious Orthodox holidays. For example, it is believed that on the day of St. John can not use knives, and is especially dangerous to cut any round objects. It is said that Christmas can not sew, it's a bad sign. And on Candlemas banned from travel, especially long. Under the Annunciation is not recommended girls plait braid. The Church does not approve of these superstitions, including their errors.