July 27 – Akila Day, Watchmen: history, traditions and signs of the holiday

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July 27 — Day Akily, Dozor: history, traditions and signs of the holiday

On July 27, Christians celebrate the Day of Aquila (Aquila), dedicated to one of the 70 apostles, disciples and followers of Christ. In the description of Dionysius "Yerminia" he appears in the form of an old man, whose beard is divided into 5 strands, informs Ukr.Media.

The life of the apostle

Aquila was born in Pontus, a city in Asia Minor (the territory of modern Turkey), in the 1st century. Later, he lived in Rome until, in the year 52, he was forced to leave Italy with his wife Priscilla due to the persecution of the Jews organized by Emperor Claudius. The family settled in Corinth, where they met the apostle Paul, whose preaching inspired and inspired the couple. They became friends and soon received holy baptism, and then followed him to Syria to bring God's Word to the people, preaching the Gospel. For faithful service, the Lord called Akila among his disciples.

After the death of Claudius, the persecution of the Jews stopped. The couple returned to Rome, but St. Paul, for the fact that Aquila zealously preached Christianity among the Jews, appointed him bishop of Asia. Holding a high position in Achaia, Asia and Heraklia, the saint, together with Priscilla, took care of his flock and converted masses of pagans to Christianity. Aquila and his wife were martyred.

In the Holy Scriptures, the name of the apostle is mentioned together with the name of his wife, which is in the first place – Priscilla and Aquila. On this basis, researchers assume that her social status was higher than that of her husband.

Traditions and rituals

The holiday has other names: the cabbage fork was beginning to form – this is where the “Kachannyk” came from. ; people went out into the fields to protect the harvest from evil forces – that's what “Watchmen” is for you. Related to the latter are the ancestors' beliefs that an evil spirit from a lightning strike can turn into a child, animal or bird. In order to be alert and not to mistake the devil for an innocent creature, during bad weather, the villagers showed special vigilance. Thunderstorms and winds in the "peak of summer" (it was July 14 the old fashioned way) were a common occurrence. People were afraid of these natural phenomena and, in order to protect themselves, conducted various conspiracies.

Great power was seen in ears of rye. In July, the harvest took place, and women, tired of exhausting work, tied their waists with a bundle of straw, and decorated their heads with a wreath of rye in order to relieve headaches and heaviness. . In order for the next year's harvest to be good, for the spirit of the fields, his children and relatives, a bowl of milk was placed at the beginning of the harvest, and a small sheaf at the end, and a pot of porridge was left nearby.

Warm summer rains gave growth mushrooms, and it was the children's duty to collect them, as the adults were busy with field work.

Omens

  • Fiery morning dawn, strong cloudiness – there will be rain.
  • There is no rain on Akila, so autumn will be dry.
  • On rainy days, mushrooms grow on Kachannyk.
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  • Rain will continue for a whole week on Akila Solomyan.
  • After July 27, the leaves on the trees start to change color.
  • Seagulls fly over the water – it will be good weather.
  • Bats fly in the evening – the next day will be fine.

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