Tatiana Day in Ukraine - Greet Tatyanas on their name-day!
Every year in January, 25 Ukrainian girls celebrate Tatyana’s Day. On this day the Orthodox Church commemorates the holy martyr Tatiana. We would like to share with you the history and traditions of this authentic holiday.
Who is St. Tatiana?
On January, 12 (25th by a new calendar) 1755 Empress Elizabeth I ordered to establish the Moscow University. This significant event was a reason to commemorate the patron of all students. At first, it was just the University's birthday and later became an official holiday in Soviet Union countries. Slavic women of any age, who currently study, enjoy this day celebrating with their group-mates.
Traditions of St Tatiana Feast Day
On a festive day, students and pupils put candles for a drive to achieve success in their studies. People pray to St. Tatyana for help with difficult studying. They also say prayers to St. Savva for getting health and well-being. They say that one must not argue with anybody on a festive day.
It is customary to judge about the upcoming spring and summer by the weather on this day: if the weather is freezing and clear, there will be a good harvest; if it’s warm and there is a blizzard, then the crop won’t be rich. They say that if the weather is sunny on Tatiana’s Day, the birds will return early in spring. Being in a messy house is also believed to bring misfortune on this day. Therefore, people try to clean the house well on Tatiana’s Day.
The villagers believed that the woman born on that day would be an outstanding housewife: "Tatiana bakes the loaf, washes the carpets in the river, and goes dancing." If you chat with girl Tatiana on slavic-girl.com, be sure to greet her on her name-day! You may order a bouquet or another gift from the site. Every Tatiana will be definitely pleased with your sweet attention!