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May 3 is the day of St. Fedor. Calling the dead

CrimeaPRESS reports:

May 3 people believed that heaven opens its gates for a while so that the dead can see their relatives, whom they miss madly.

It is because of these stories that it is customary to go to the graves of relatives on this day to talk and cry. Also on May 3, dead relatives are often called. It is believed that in order not to upset loved ones, even the most petty quarrels should not be started, it is necessary to show the deceased that only peace and harmony are present in the family so that their souls are calm. No one had fun that day, did not arrange parties, because those who are negligent in the commemoration of the dead will soon expect a black streak, from which it will be very difficult to get out.

On the day of the Call of the Ancestors, many performed rituals, believing that today it is possible to help the sick with a wide variety of ailments, as well as protect themselves and their families from adversity. Considering that on May 3, according to church beliefs, the day of St. Theodore is celebrated, it is customary among the peasants to set up a table with bread and salt on the outskirts of the village. Church candles were also lit on the table. They believed that if at this table they pray for a fruitful year, prayers will certainly be heard from above.

It is noted that spawning begins on this date, so fishing is strictly prohibited, as it is recognized as a great sin, because you can not disturb the fish during this period.

Folk signs on March 3:

  • Theodore’s Day, Fyodor Nevodnik Vlasyanichnik
  • Lightning flashed after rain without thunder — to clear weather
  • The appearance of a double or triple rainbow indicates an improvement in the weather that day, but promises heavy rains soon
  • If the nightingale sang on bare trees, then crop failure on fruit trees
  • Daisy flowers leaned low, almost to the very ground — for the imminent bad weather
  • Primrose yellow flowers appeared — to soon heat
  • The layer is dry — there will be no harvest
  • A lot of fir cones — bread will be born well, they will know about the rye harvest by pine
  • What will start to grow ahead: grass or rye — then the harvest will be rich and will bring
  • They usually didn’t plan any important things, they didn’t arrange christenings and weddings
  • In the old days, May 3 had a certain meaning for fishermen, since on this day it was strictly forbidden to cast nets and catch fish that were spawning at that time.
Name day at Alexander, Gregory, Theodore, Anastasia, Gabriel

The Church on this day celebrates the memory of St. Theodore Trikhina

The Monk Theodore Trikhina, i.e., the sackcloth, was the son of wealthy parents and came from the city of Constantinople. In his youth, having left his parents and wealth and glory for God, he retired from his fatherland to a desert monastery in Thrace and became a monk.

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Here he led such a strict lifestyle that he became very exhausted of his flesh, so that in his face he became like a dead man. For whole nights he stood at prayer and, despite the cold and frost, he never covered his head and wore only one prickly hairy garment, for which he was nicknamed, as it is said, sackcloth or trichina. Then the monastery in which the saint spent his harsh life began to be called by his own name.

For his deeds, Saint Theodore received power from God over demons, and, having performed many miracles, he departed in peace to the Lord. He performed miracles not only during his lifetime, but also after his repose, for from his holy relics a fragrant healing myrrh flowed, with which, for the glory of Christ our God, many diseases were cured and unclean spirits were expelled.

Also on this day, May 3, celebrate:

  • Confectioner’s Day
  • International Sun Day
  • A day of positivity in the mind
  • May 3 — Sunny Fifteen Day
  • Spam’s birthday
  • World Press Freedom Day
  • Hail of the ancestors
  • Memorial Day of St. Theodore Trikhina
  • International Tuba Day
  • Day of Turkism
  • May 3 — Revival Day of the Karachai people
  • National Raspberry Popover Day — USA
  • National Paranormal Day — USA
  • Festival of the Parrot — France
  • National Garden Meditation Day — USA
  • May 3 — Constitution Day — Japan
  • National Chocolate Custard Day — USA
  • Rocket Festival — Thailand
  • May 3rd Holiday (Constitution Day) — Poland
  • May 3 — Feast of the Crosses of May — Spain
  • National Space Day — USA
  • Fedor Nevodnik

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