The Feasts of rain
Loud spring rain, warm summer rain. mushroom autumn rain is in itself a holiday, if all this is not only delayed in prolonged bad weather. However, in some countries the feasts of rain is celebrated according to the calendar, and despite the weather conditions. And unless the rain didn’t deserve it?
The oldest of these festivals is Aremostly. Every year in late December, they celebrated the Aztec tribes in North America. And holiday (translated into Russian his name sounds like “water release”), and ceremonial dances, and sacrifices were dedicated to the rain God Tlaloc.
Because the main food of the Aztecs was the dish of corn, the Indians asked the terrible God to be merciful and release water from heaven in the form of rain for watering plants. Given the fact that the deity took only sacrifice little children, the Aztecs without remorse drowned babies in the midst of fun and dancing. Sometimes, instead of babies Tlaloc sacrificed slaves, but such a sacrifice was considered more scarce. Yes, very much for the opportunity to taste tortillas from corn. Well, now that this supposed edge.
Much more romantic and not as severely “blessed Day of rain” is celebrated in the Kingdom of Bhutan. There’s this festival is held after the end of the monsoon in the third week of September (usually 24).
According to old beliefs, on this day all natural water bodies (rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, springs) be Holy, so all Bhutanese seek on this day, take a dip in the lake or river. Astronomers, in addition to determining the exact date of the holiday, set and even the exact time when most favorably to plunge into the water.
The people make ablution to wash away all the bad things that have accumulated over the year, the negativity and purify karma. If for some reason a person can not plunge into the water at the appointed time astronomers, it must perform their morning ablutions.
Celebrations on this day every family start with Breakfast, which is prepared on special porridge, and all family members have to taste this dish, which is a symbol of the beginning of a new agricultural season. It is noteworthy that in this day of official institutions and throughout the country proclaimed a day off.
But the residents of the Italian city of Siena feast of rain is celebrated annually on March 19. However, officially this day the Catholic Church dedicated to St. Joseph, but in Siena tradition of the celebration is related to a beautiful legend, rooted in the middle Ages.
According to this legend, in one of the years in the region reigned the devastating drought that kills all living things. In the sky a few months there was not even a little cloud, and the sun literally burns the soil, leaving a huge crack. Residents sincerely prayed to St. Joseph and asked for his help. In gratitude for the rain, the citizens promised to arrange a rich feast and feed all the weak and afflicted.
Prayers have been answered – in the sky clouds appeared and it started raining. which brought back to life and the plants and the trees, and the people themselves. Citizens don’t go back on his words and made a great feast, during which honored all of the poor, the cripples and beggars.
Since then, every year on March 19 at Siena is a fun celebration in honor of St. Joseph and sent down upon them a rain, during which the city streets installed the shelves with lots of Italian dishes that can be enjoyed and townspeople, and tourists from other countries.
But in many towns in the Spanish region of Andalusia, in all coastal fishing villages holiday rain is celebrated on 16 July, when honoring the Holy virgin of mount Carmel.
According to one legend, the Holy mother of God, as if a small cloud rose from the ground to heaven on mount Carmel (Israel), bringing life-giving rain, relieving the people of Israel from prolonged drought. Later on this mountain began to settle the hermits and monks, who later became a monastic order of Carmelites. Monks and brought to Andalusia veneration of their patron Saint, which was soon loved and humble toilers of the sea.
According to Orthodox tradition, a celebration in honor of the rain can be considered the day of the Prophet Elijah, celebrated each year on 2 August. From time immemorial to this day, the faithful carried out processions and appealed to the Saint illiers with prayers for rain or to give clear weather.
There is a belief that the prophet Elijah is the mediator between heaven and earth, knower of the weather in the heavenly office. Painters have long portrayed the Saint in a chariot drawn by four winged horses and surrounded by fiery clouds.
According to legend, the prophet Elijah is able to grant the drought and cause rain clouds. In even more ancient beliefs, Ilya is only a receiver of the pagan God Perun, the Lord thunders and rain.