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2018-01-17  The 19th of January is holiday of Epiphany

  

The 19th of January is holiday of Epiphany which is celebrated by all

Orthodox Christians.


By holiday of Epiphany ends Christmas eve which continues since the 7th of January till the 19th of
 January.In accordance of Bible story, Jesus Christ was baptised in river Jordan and it gave new folk 
name of this holiday.
In the eve of 18th of January all family, same like in the Christmas eve gather at the table. Only fast
 food(dishes which does not contain fats) must be on the table. Before holiday of Epiphany people
 do not eat at all. The sense of this holiday is further. We need to take a pot where was cooked 
"Fast boozing" and to break it against the gate. In the Ukraine, especially in Western parts of it 
people go around village with singing special songs (shedrivki). Water was baptised in churches and 
this ceremony brought power and  health giving quality to water. Epiphany water can cure wounds
 and it  helps to turn off any disaster. Having come home in the morning after night church service 
 it is necessary to sprinkle each corner of your house with this blessed water, then your house will
have order and rest. In the Epiphany eve even animals can talk by human language but people 
must not listen to their talks because it brings nothing good. In a day of Epiphany people gathered
 near lakes or rivers where church services were conducted.


 Church services occur, of course, and now, but that special colour and spirit, brilliance and mystical
mysteriousness, unfortunately are lost. May be it happens because of climate changes on our
 mother-planet and getting warmer and warmer and we have no such winters which we had in
 ancient times. It is difficult to imagine that many church attributes and church gates were made of 
ice. Especially children like this day because there are a lot fun and entertainments were waiting for
 them. One of them was let out pigeons.
                                                     
These birds symbolize holidays and that holidays come to an end and people had to give them
 freedom. 
Traditions of the Epiphany swimming take their beginning since ancient times. Of course if  in the
 Epiphany eve you have possibility to enter in a water of saint river Jordan do not miss this chance.
 Jordan is located in eastern part of Israel between lake Kirinet and Dead sea which are well-know
by its mysterious qualities of healing and and many other things. Every year many sounds of 
pilgrims come on Jordan to accept baptising and clarification in it water. In any case, you can enter 
any lake or pond. There are no strict rules how to enter water. It is preferable to create shape of
 cross for ice-hole. Also it is important not look back to the west entering water. Western side by
 legends is place of Satan. In the Epiphany eve water posses curative properties only 2 days (the 
18 and 19th of January). We can enter water within these 2 days. The best time for entering water
 is Epiphany night. Namely in the first hours after Jesus Christ baptising water has powerful health 
giving qualities. You need to fall under water with the head 3 times, dawning cross on yourself and
 making a prayer.




May be it sounds sad, but the Epiphany finishes a number of Christmas and New Year's holidays,
 after which comes time to work.