June 4th is Basilisk Day. We honor Yarilo
This day was also popularly called Cornflower Day, St. Vassa’s Day, Nightingale’s Day. In addition, on June 4, our ancestors honored Yarila, the god of nature and life-giving forces. It was believed that now love magic has a special power, which is used to attract the betrothed and achieve family well-being. They danced round birch trees, decorated tree branches with bright ribbons, lit fires and asked Yarilo to send them love and happiness.
The church now honors the memory of the martyr Basilisk, who in 308 suffered for his faith in Christ, because he did not want to sacrifice to the pagan gods. As a result, he was beheaded.
In Rus’, on June 4, they tried not to sow anything and not to leave for arable land. Otherwise, only cornflowers will grow, they also did not go out into the gardens — otherwise only wormwood will be born. Nevertheless, the people loved cornflowers very much and affectionately called blue flowers, cyanosis, blavat, hair, patchwork. The flower, according to legend, got its name in honor of a young guy, the only son of his mother, Vasil, bewitched and ruined by a mermaid. Carried away by her in the field, he turned into a blue flower, reminiscent of deep water in its color.
As for weather signs, then:
- Heavy fog and abundant dew on the Basilisk herald a fruitful year.
- Birds sing cheerfully — for good weather.
- The north wind will disperse the rain.
- Do the stars in the sky shine dimly and at the same time twinkle reddish or bright blue? To the rain
- Black circles appeared around the stars — to bad weather.
- Fogs often appear — a mushroom summer will stand out.
- Do you hear nightingale singing in the middle of the night? It will be dry for the next few days.