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the 6th of January - The Blessing of the Waters

Boboteaza (The Baptism of Jesus)

The 6th of January is set in religious tradition as the day of celebrating The Baptism of Jesus. On the day before, the preist visits every home blessing eversy room wiht holy water and basil. The ancient custom of purifying water of the forces of evil would corespond to The Sixth Day of the Making of the World and was asimilated by the Church as a spiritual birth. In other words, it is considered that until the 6th of January 釦he day on which, acording to the Church's Fathers, Jesus revealed Himself (The Epiphany ), and letting Himself be baptized in the river Jordan by John the Baptiser the waters are still impure. And so, on this day the servants of the Church bless or "baptise"- water.

Our grandparents still rememer how it was like before the communist regim, in Bucharest, for example, on the river bank of Dambovita, a pompous religious service , was held by the Patriarch in the presence of the King, who was to toss a cross in the river, sign of Christian baptism. The ritual of blessing water is accompanied by popula customs, like dipping in lakes and rivers.

On this day, in the old days , in some villages in Moldavia and Bucovina, the shouting of the Chiraleisa were heard. (from the greek Kyrie Eleison ,"Lord have mercy"), a kind of carol of the children accompanied by the jingling of bells, which was ment to bring rich harvest in the new year, and to cast away the evil spirits.

http://www.lego.rdsor.ro/christmas/at/ealaiul.htm

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