Why are we so dear to the winter traditions of the Russian people?
Oh, winter, winter! She - and bolshuha, and white hair, and white face. What kind of epithets did not award the ancient Slavs winter - the favorite season of the year! Although the Russian people could rejoice at any day of life, so they were equally good at summer and winter. But the winter Russian folk traditions and customs are more noticeable and expressive.
Russian household traditions
Summer, as the proverbs say, feeds the whole year, so the festivities, games, songs and dances of this time are closely related to the harvesting of hay, food, medicinal herbs and field work. But when Morozko came to the land of the ancient Slavs and Tsarina Zima brought with him, then all the most laborious work was already finished, and a measured creative and festive life began. At that time, according to the tradition of the Russian people, women would sit at the spinning wheels and looms, the men would do their unhurried craft, carpentry, carpentry, and hunt in between times.Grandmothers, sitting by the warm stoves, raised their grandchildren, telling them epic stories and stories of their kind, and grandfathers taught dances and men's wisdoms.
The dark traditions of the Russian people
Russian winter is long, frosty and snowy. She was worshiped by the ancient Slavs as a great force, therefore they devoted many kind words to her in the works of folklore. Riddles, countings, sayings and proverbs, fairy tales, fables and epics, songs and lullabies - in all these works, according to the tradition of the Russian people, winter is famous and magnified.
Games and fortune telling
In addition, winter is a time of fun, fun sledding on hills and on threes, games with the seizure of a snow fortress, snowballs and passionate kisses in the bitter cold. No wonder the proverb says that in the cold - everyone is healthy and young. Games and fortune telling in winter are native Russian customs. And how to play in the mound! On a hill all together from the snow built a huge fortress and installed a banner on it. Girls and women occupied defenses in the fortress and made snowballs, and the boys broke up in twos. One of them was to depict a horse, and the second - a rider. After that, the "riders" on the "horses" attacked the fortress to capture the banner. And the girls threw snowballs at them, trying to throw them off the horse.The winner was the one who, sitting astride, will take the banner. He was allowed to kiss all the girls. All games according to the tradition of the Russian people unite and unite, develop flexibility and ingenuity.
Teaching and education
From the day of Fedosia-springy, which comes at the end of January, frosts become severe. The people used to say that the cold comes, which feast with dark forces. Then the inhabitants praised the frost for bringing a snowball to them, because, although cold, it also saves bread in the field from the cold. In these fierce times, according to the tradition of the Russian people, girls and young wives gathered in the house of the wisest and most respected among the people old women, where they spun, embroidered, sipped tea and talked about life. And the mistress of the house taught them worldly wisdom, passed on Vedic knowledge, told about natural secrets, miracles and tips allowed their heart sorrows.
Modern traditions of the Russian people - kolyada, kutya and baptism of water
Many rites according to the tradition of the Russian people established over thousands of years are associated with Kolyada, Maslenitsa and other winter holidays. These days everyone had fun from the heart.It is remarkable that all these rites are not forgotten until now. Still, we cook Kutya, make wishes, sanctify water, because the traditions of the people never die.