What and why not to do on church holidays — beliefs and their essence

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June 17, 2019, 09:47 | Culture

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 What and why you can't do on church holidays — beliefs and their essence

Every believer knows that on church holidays you can't do anything in the household and any kind of work is practically excluded. Below is a detailed list of holidays and superstitions regarding prohibited activities, informs Ukr.Media.

I believe against work

Any Orthodox holiday is a special, important day for a believer, which should be dedicated to the church, prayers, the festive table, as well as communication with loved ones. Everything else is superfluous. Few people will, for example, wash the floor instead of making a wish to the chimes on New Year's Eve. So why should a Christian holiday be a less important reason to be distracted from everyday affairs?

During the time of serfdom, a church holiday was one of the few days when it was possible not to work for the master. Rest was a rare phenomenon, the right to it was valued, and any intention towards it was considered a sinful activity.

In addition, Orthodox traditions were built on the basis of pagan traditions that lived on Russian lands before the baptism of Russia. Pagans also did not do household chores on days dedicated to the Gods. One of the versions of the ban says that it was possible to gather former pagans in the temple, separated from everyday affairs, only under the threat of divine punishment. Judging by the preserved decree of the 17th century, a similar problem existed in the 17th century. The document ordered to close the baths and bazaars on a church holiday, so that the faithful would definitely get to the temple.

What exactly cannot be done

In matters of prohibitions, you should not bend the stick, because some cases and duties should still be performed. So, what specifically should not be done on church holidays, and what activities are still allowed?

During a Christian holiday, it is not possible to work. Labor and work were shared. Work for the benefit of the family, work for the benefit of the master. Accordingly, it is not possible to perform income-generating activities. That is, you can cook for family members or guests, but not for sale.

You shouldn't plan for those days, cleaning, washing, working with plants – you can really cope with them on weekdays. But one thing is general cleaning, which can be postponed to another day, and another is an unexpected nuisance that creates inconvenience right now. For example, the notorious spilled sugar or a fresh stain on a blouse can be quickly removed even on a holiday.

In addition, in the modern world, household chores have become much simpler. It is difficult to call pressing a button on a washing machine or multicooker hard work. In the past, cleaning, washing and cooking could well take the whole day instead of going to church and thinking about God.

The ban on washing has similar roots. In ancient times, it was necessary to carry out a number of actions for this – to chop firewood, melt a furnace, heat water. It took a long time, so the villagers tried to wash themselves before the holiday. Now you can take a shower in a few minutes, and the washing process will not distract you from going to the temple.

Needlework is a hobby, not a job.

The same applies to needlework. Many women consider it their hobby, an activity for the soul, decorate the weekend. And in ancient times, needlework was a time-consuming occupation. It is only necessary to look at museum exhibits and remember, say, embroidery signs, to understand how difficult it was for our great-grandmothers. The current church considers needlework to be a God-pleasing thing. No wonder it is a common thing in monasteries.

Modern priests do not see a sin in returning to worldly affairs after visiting the church. Some of them even consider it a God-pleasing thing on a holy day if they approach it with a prayer. In addition, spiritual affairs should not bring harm and become an excuse for laziness. You can't go to the temple with a stain on your clothes or leave the cat litter box to emit “fragrances”. until the next day?

Obscene swearing, quarrels, clarifying relationships – under a special ban on holy days. The same applies to excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages. A serious sin is killing an animal. You should not go hunting and slaughter livestock on a holy day.

On which holidays to give up work

On some Christian holidays some cases are strictly prohibited. But there are also those that have long been practiced during church holidays.

The main 12 holidays of the Orthodox calendar are the same revered days when it is recommended not to do anything around the house. There are also days dedicated to saints. In addition, a church holiday is also Sunday. On this day of the week, it is required to go to church service. Festive tables and greetings are not expected, but traditionally it has always been dedicated to the spiritual life of a person.

In general, church prohibitions regarding work on holy days are not so strict. Most of them are related to an outdated way of life and have nothing to do with the way of life inherent in modern man. If there is a need to perform some household tasks, they must be dealt with, but not to the detriment of the spiritual side of life.

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