St. Andrew’s day – time for searching your love
Most national traditions fade with the time. But still many young ladies wish to find out their destiny by all means. You already know that Ukrainian women were keen on divination in ancient times. But it is also true that the Orthodox church considers this to be a sin. They say that through the unearthly forces one can uncover the future and change it. They say that only God knows what will be and a human is too weak to manage this.
Why do people foretell on St. Andrew day
On St. Andrew, December, 13 young men and Ukrainian ladies tried to get acquainted during the parties. After the Epiphany, the winter weddings season began. So, it was quite possible to meet your love exactly on St. Andrew. Divination on this night could answer many questions. The most popular were whether a Ukrainian lady was going to get married soon and with whom. She could also find out whether she would be happy in marriage.
Who is St. Andrew
Due to the Holy Bible Andrew was the first who followed the Christ at the beginning of His Path. That is why he is called Andrew the First-Called in Russia and Ukraine. After the Christ’s resurrection Andrew had to preach exactly on territories where these countries later appeared to bring Christian faith to people. He went through Ukrainian land and put a cross on one mountain. He foretold that a mighty city will stand there with lots of Orthodox churches. Now it is a place where the Ukrainian capital – Kyiv - is situated.
Divination on St. Andrew's
Most of Ukrainian traditions were similar for several winter holidays. As we have already told you about some of the divination ways, we will mention those that are the most interesting and unique on St. Andrew's night.
1. Fortune telling on dumplings. Ukrainian girls molded dumplings or pies from yeast dough. The water for the dough was carried in the girl's mouth, while the present men tried to make them laugh. Each girl made her special dumpling. After that they were put in a row and a pet was called. Whose dumpling the pet would eat, that girl had a chance to get married first. They believed that if a dog or a cat brought the dumpling into a corner, the girl would marry and live far away from home.
2. Divination with a chain. Ukrainian lady remained alone in the room and took a golden or silver chain in her right hand. Clutching the chain in a fist, the woman had to focus on the question that interested her most. Then she had to throw a chain on the table and look at the figure that it made. There were different interpretations of the figures, the most popular of which were: a circle (an effort-consuming situation), an oval (a difficult situation, but with no losses), a straight line (the most favorable time to fulfill the dreams), a sinuous line (be cautious, do not trust people around you), a knot (beware of intrigues), a triangle (luck in business), a butterfly (dating, love, and possibly a wedding), a letter (a new romance with a person whose name begins with this letter).
3. Fortune telling on cups. Ukrainian women needed to take some opaque cups as many as the number of participants. Bread, onion, salt, sugar, a ring, a coin and water were put into the cups. Each of the participants took turn choosing an item with the eyes closed. An onion meant tears, bread - the prosperity, a ring – the upcoming wedding, water – foretold pregnancy, salt – warned to be careful. If a lady got a cup of sugar, soon she meant to have fun while money foretold wealth.
It is only your choice whether to predict the future. However, in ancient times gatherings on St. Andrew were associated not only with this. The gathering on the night of December, 13 was a fun and bright event. Jokes and laughter united not only the youth, but also the older generation. There were pranks played by children, which were allowed only on St. Andrew's night.
Besides, before and after the divination a Ukrainian woman had to keep silence for a certain period. As there have already 2 days passed, you may freely ask your lady, what was a result of her fortune telling (if she made one). And who knows, maybe it was you whom she saw in her dream that night or whose name she guessed with a chain? ;)