Old New Year is here!
The festive day of January, 14th
Not many people know that on January, 14th Orthodox Christians celebrate the New Year by old-style calendar, or so-called “Old New Year”. The eve of this day is time when people commemorate St. Melania (Malanka). More about the rich traditions of celebration you may get to know from this article. In this post we’d like to tell you more about the Basil the Great.
Historical personality of Basil
Basil the Great was an Archbishop of Caesarea Kapadokiyskaya, an ecumenical teacher of the church (IV century of our era). On January, 14th Christians commemorate him. Church sources characterize Basil as an ascetic, theologian and scholar, the author of the code of monastic life. The following statement belongs to him: "The more you take away from the body, the more strength is added to the soul."
Old New Year traditions
Basil the Great was also considered the patron of agriculture, and that is why on this day the main ceremony is sowing dwellings with grain. The first sower for the New Year is said to bring happiness to the house. It is believed that girls do not bring happiness, so that it is not suitable for them to sow.
The Old New Year is a great fest for most people in Ukraine and Russia. It is time for meeting with dearest and nearest, and is almost important for Christians as the January, 1. Festivities are still common in Nikolaev – you may see it on the photos below. :) On this day you still have a wonderful opportunity to send a gift to your beloved Ukrainian lady, if you didn’t congratulate her earlier!