Russia is a unique country that together with the highly developed modern culture carefully preserves the national traditions deeply rooted not only in the orthodox religion, but also in paganism. The Russians still celebrate pagan holidays, many people believe in numerous omens and legends.
Christianity gave the Russians parties as big as Easter and Russian Christmas, and paganism Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) and Ivan Kupala. Old traditions are handed down from generation to generation.
Some of the traditions that the Russians still preserve are:
Easter is the day of the resurrection of Christ. The party came to Russia along with the baptism of this country at the end of the tenth century. Since then, this Christian festival has been widely celebrated throughout Russia.
Russian Christmas is the feast of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, whose advent gave hope to the people for mercy, goodness, truth and eternal life. The Orthodox Church celebrates the Russian Christmas according to the Julian calendar, the 7 of January, while the western churches celebrate the 25 of December, according to the Gregorian calendar.
Even in the age of the ancient pagan deity, ancient Russians used to have Kupalo, the God of summer fertility. In his honor the people of songs sang and jumped over the bonfire. This ritual act has become an annual celebration of the summer solstice, the combination of a pagan and Christian traditions.
Maslenitsa - ancient Russian tradition
In the old times Maslenitsa It was for the memory of the dead. So the burning of the Maslenitsa figure means his funeral. But over time the Russians' longing for fun and entertainment turned this sad day into joyous Maslenitsa with round blinis, yellow and hot as the sun, sleigh riding and horse riding, among other attractions.
The rituals of Maslenitsa are very unusual and interesting, since they combine the end of the rituals of the winter festivals and the opening of new spring festivals and ceremonies, which were to promote a rich harvest.
Among the Russian traditions, the wedding has always been a certain kind of performance with an improvisational type participation that is why they could be different on the eve of two neighboring towns. However, despite these differences, there was a certain order of the wedding ceremony that repeats from town to town, from city to city.