May 6 — St. George's Day, Egory spring. Collect medicinal herbs
the 6th of May The Orthodox Church honors the memory of George the Victorious. In the people this date was called Yegoriev’s day. On May 6, the ceremony of the first livestock pasture was held, and people bathed in dew, collected medicinal herbs, burned fires, performed agricultural rites and arranged ritual meals.
Among the Eastern Slavs, Yegoriev Day is the main cattle-breeding holiday of the year. At this time, for the first time, cattle were driven out to pasture. Among the southern Slavs and in the Carpathians, ritual milking of sheep was carried out on this date, the first measurement of milk was made. The sheep intended for the first milking was decorated with a wreath of flowers and herbs. A separate wreath was hung on the cauldron in which she was milked.
Legends of St. George’s Day
Signs and superstitions for May 6:
- Evening dawn purple-red — to bad weather
- When there is dew on Yurya, the horses do not need oats
- On Yurya, snow (groats) — harvest for buckwheat; rain on Yuria — Greek nonrod
- Heavy rain on Yegory — grass will grow a lot
- Mosquitoes flock in flocks — expect warmer weather soon
- During a thunderstorm, the thunder will soon stop — the weather will improve
- Birds build nests on the sunny side — by the cold summer
- A healthy person has an unreasonably depressed mood — to rain
- Clouds appeared in the sky, shaped like lenses or elongated lentil seeds — a thunderstorm will begin in 1–1.5 hours
- If today it is frosty, and it will happen again in a week, it means that autumn will be warm.
- It’s raining — the year will be easy for the cattle
- Snow — wait for a good harvest of buckwheat
- The cuckoo cuckooed until May 6 — to crop failure and loss of livestock
- Today’s dew promised a good harvest of millet
- A clear morning speaks of early sowing, a clear evening speaks of late
- The birch leaf has half blossomed — wait for the grain harvest for the Dormition
- If the snow has not yet left the fields — there will be a crop failure
- Frost that day guaranteed a rich harvest of oats, millet and buckwheat.
- Egory is warm — from day to day, wait for summer
- You can’t knit anything on Egor’s day and even just hold wool products in your hands
- You can’t scream and swear on this day — it can kill with a thunderstorm
Egoriy is also known as George the Victorious
The Church on this day honors the memory of George the Victorious
The Great Martyr George was the son of rich and pious parents who raised him in the Christian faith. He was born in the city of Beirut (in ancient times — Berit), at the foot of the Lebanese mountains.
Having entered the military service, the Great Martyr George stood out among other soldiers with his mind, courage, physical strength, military posture and beauty. Having soon reached the rank of commander, Saint George became the favorite of the emperor Diocletian. Diocletian was a talented ruler, but a fanatical follower of the Roman gods. Having set himself the goal of reviving the dying paganism in the Roman Empire, he went down in history as one of the most cruel persecutors of Christians.
Having once heard an inhuman verdict on the extermination of Christians at the trial, Saint George was inflamed with compassion for them. Foreseeing that he, too, would suffer, George distributed his property to the poor, set his slaves free, appeared to Diocletian and, declaring himself a Christian, denounced him of cruelty and injustice. George’s speech was full of strong and convincing objections to the imperial order to persecute Christians.
Refusal to abdicate
After futile persuasion to renounce Christ, the emperor ordered the saint to be subjected to various torments. Saint George was imprisoned, where he was laid on his back on the ground, his feet were put in stocks, and a heavy stone was placed on his chest. But Saint George courageously endured suffering and glorified the Lord. Then the tormentors of George began to excel in cruelty. They beat the saint with ox sinews, wheeled him, threw him into quicklime, forced him to run in boots with sharp nails inside. The holy martyr endured everything patiently. In the end, the emperor ordered that the head of the saint be cut off with a sword. So the holy sufferer went to Christ in Nicomedia in the year 303.
Great Martyr George for courage and for spiritual victory over the tormentors who could not force him to renounce Christianity, as well as for miraculous help to people in danger — is also called the Victorious. The relics of St. George the Victorious were laid in the Palestinian city of Lydda, in a temple that bears his name, while his head was kept in Rome in a temple also dedicated to him.
Also on this day, May 6, celebrate:
- Infantry Day — Ukraine
- Flower Festival (Anfestiria) – Cyprus
- National Beverage Day — USA
- May 6 — Courage Day — Bulgaria
- National Nurses Day — USA
- Spring Meeting (Hederlez) — Türkiye
- Teacher’s Day — Jamaica
- May 6 — National Tourist Appreciation Day — USA
- National Crepe Suzette Day — USA
- Martyrs’ Day — Lebanon, Syria, Gabon
- May Bank Holiday — UK, Ireland
- Name day at Anatoly, Alexandra, George, Ivan
- Egoriev’s day
- Memorial Day of the Holy Great Martyr George the Victorious
- International Day Against Diet (International No Diet Day)
- Day of Dazhdbog
- May 6 — Day of meeting with the White Knight
- Day of the Emblem and Flag of Moscow
- Volunteer Firefighter’s Day in the Ulyanovsk Region
- UN Global Road Safety Week
- Constitution Day of the Republic of Tyva
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