Holy Trinity Day is one of the main Christian holidays. It is celebrated on the 50th day after Easter, and in 2020 the holiday falls on June 7.
History and traditions of Trinity Day
This holiday is included to the Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, that is to say 12 most important dates after Pascha.
Holy day commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles promised by Jesus Christ before the Ascension.
The descent of the Holy Spirit pointed to the Trinity, after which people started to glorify hypostases — the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.
Holiday entered the Christian calendar officially only at the end of the fourth century when the Church adopted the Trinity dogma at the Second Ecumenical Council in Constantinople in 381.
The Christian customs of the Trinity subsequently intertwined with the Slavic, incorporating a lot of beliefs. It is believed that on this day you must not think bad things, take offense, but you need to be in harmony with God and nature. It is also believed that a real summer begins with Trinity.
It is also not advised to swim in rivers and lakes, as it was believed that on this day mythical creatures appear - mavkas and mermaids. At the same time, circle dances were held near the water, and the girls gathered herbs, wildflowers, and then wove wreaths.