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November 8 is the day of Demetrius of Thessalonica. Secret of the day?

CrimeaPRESS reports:

And among the people, November 8 was called Dmitriev’s Day, Dmitrov’s Saturday, Mikhailov’s Day, Grandfathers, etc. Usually they arranged a day of remembrance, which was dedicated to the soldiers who died on the Kulikovo field. Today, on the day of November 8, parents are commemorated if they have already passed away. It is customary to visit living parents, give them various gifts, and thank them for everything they have done for the family.

The church now venerates the memory of St. Demetrius of Thessalonica, who is also known by the nickname of Myrrhotochets. It is known that he lived during the reign of Emperor Diocletian. In his life it is said that Dimitri’s parents were originally secret Christians, and therefore, after the birth of Dmitry, he was immediately baptized in the house church, and then they tried to educate him in piety and faith. When Dmitry’s father died, he took his place and became proconsul of the city of Thessaloniki. While in this position, he showed himself as a Christian and converted many residents to his faith. News of this reached the emperor, after which Dmitry was arrested and executed. The Thessalonica Christians were able to receive the body of the deceased at night and bury him. One of the followers of the martyr named Lupp decided to take Dmitry’s chasuble, which was drenched in blood, as well as his ring. It was these objects that subsequently began to have magical properties, and with their help Lupp performed a large number of miracles.

AND! It was customary for the people to drink beer on November 8th. They said: «On Dmitriev’s day, a sparrow brews beer under a bush.» But work on November 8 was not allowed. On the contrary, people were supposed to devote all their time to deceased relatives and friends.

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Signs of the day:

  • The day turned out to be cold and snowy — towards the cold spring.
  • The thaw has come — spring will come early and amicably.
  • A snowy and rainy day — snow will also fall on Easter.
  • There is no snow — it will be warm and sunny on Easter.
  • The rivers are not covered with ice — it will not be until the end of November.
  • If until this day the girl has not married, the wedding will not be seen for a long time.
  • At night, you need to hang a clean towel next to the icons — for deceased relatives, if they will come to your house, there will be something to wipe off.
  • The thaw on this day — to a damp winter.
  • Than the more abundant the trizna (funeral table) — the easier and more gratifying it will be for the dead in the next world.
  • If the hostess baked pancakes that day, the first pancake was intended for the souls of deceased relatives. It was not allowed to eat it.
  • On November 8, you can’t do any things related to water (wash dishes, bathe, wash clothes, etc.) so as not to pour out dirty water on the souls of the dead.

Name days are celebrated today: Athanasius, Anton, Mark, Dmitry, Vasily.

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