Holy Trinity Day is one of the main Christian holidays. It is celebrated on the 50th day after Easter, and in 2019, the holiday falls on June 16.
History and traditions of Trinity Day
This holiday symbolizes the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles, as it was promised by Jesus Christ before his Ascension. The descent of the Holy Spirit indicated the triple nature of God. After this, people began to glorify the three incarnations of God: The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The holiday entered the Christian calendar officially only at the end of the 4th century, when the Church adopted the dogma of the Trinity at the Second Ecumenical Council in Constantinople in 381.
On this day, one of the most solemn services is served in the Orthodox churches. Churches and houses are decorated with tree branches, plants and flowers. People go to the temple with flowers. Green is the symbolic color of the holiday, the color of life, of spiritual rebirth.
Before the Trinity, it is customary to do the cleaning, prepare treats and invite guests. The table was decorated with a vase of flowers, and among the dishes there should be bakery, often a karavai.
The Christian customs on Trinity subsequently intertwined with the Slavic ones, incorporating many superstitious beliefs. It is believed that on this day you cannot think about bad things or be offended, but you need to be in harmony with God and nature. It is also believed that the real summer begins with the Trinity.
On this day, it is not recommended to have wedding, but matchmaking was considered a good sign.
It is also not allowed to swim in rivers and lakes, as it was believed that on this day mythical creatures - mavkas and mermaids appear. At the same time, people danced around the water, while the girls gathered herbs, field flowers, and then made wreaths.
It is believed that if it rains on the Trinity Day, there will be a good harvest.
In many cities on the Trinity festivities with games, performances, songs are arranged.
The holiday Trinity in 2019 coincides with the day off, that is why June 17 is a day off.