What kind of holiday is Krasnaya Gorka, when does it come and what traditions exist on this date – find out in the UNIAN material.
Krasnaya Gorka is a Slavic holiday celebrated annually on the first Sunday after Easter. In 2022, the event falls on May 1st. Alternative names for the holiday are “Anti-Easter” and “Fomin’s Day”. UNIAN will tell you how to celebrate the Red Hill holiday correctly.
Previously, we compiled a detailed Orthodox calendar for May 2022.
Red Hill 2022 – the history of the holiday
Church treatises claim that the holiday, which is popularly called Krasnaya Gorka, is described in the Gospel as “Fomino Sunday.” This is connected with the story of the Apostle Thomas, who was not among the disciples of Christ when he was resurrected. It was for this reason that the saint did not believe in the miracle of the resurrection, for which he was nicknamed “Thomas the Unbeliever.” A few days later, Jesus himself appeared to the apostle to convince him, and Thomas became one of the most famous saints, founding many churches in different countries.
The name “Antipascha” can be translated as “instead of Easter” from Greek. This means that the holiday is celebrated in the same way as the day of the Resurrection of the Lord. Liturgies about Christ and Thomas are read in churches.
Judging by the popular name “Red Hill”, then “red” is “beautiful”, and “hill” is a hill on which people gathered to meet spring.
Red Hill – rituals and traditions
What to do on Krasnaya Gorka / depositphotos.com
Before the advent of Christianity, the Slavs celebrated Krasnaya Gorka as the day of the arrival of spring. People kindled bonfires, danced round dances and sang stoneflies. This had to be done before sunrise in order to be in time for the first rays of the sun.
Also on this day, a fair of brides was organized: the girls put on their best dresses and came to the bride with relatives. The grooms chose a girl for themselves, and then sent matchmakers to her. It was believed that you can’t sit at home on Krasnaya Gorka, otherwise you will be left alone for a whole year. Many have married Krasnaya Gorka, because “Whoever marries Krasnaya Gorka will never be separated.”
Krasnaya Gorka is an auspicious day for visiting the graves of relatives. The Slavs brought eggs, sweets and pies to the cemetery, leaving “gifts” for the dead. Funeral feasts were also arranged at home, gathering all close relatives.
Red Hill – what not to do
The holiday has not only traditions, but also restrictions. You can’t go to Red Hill:
clean up in the cemetery and plant flowers – this must be done in advance; take children under 1 year old and pregnant girls with you to the cemetery; throw away leftover food from the table – it is better to give it to animals; swear, be offended and gossip.
On Fomino Sunday it is undesirable to be alone. If you do not have the opportunity to meet with loved ones, then you can at least call them.
Red Hill – signs and customs
How to celebrate the Red Hill holiday / photo ua.depositphotos.com
On the day of the meeting of spring, the Slavs dyed eggs in the same way as on Easter, only in other colors. If by the day of the Resurrection of the Lord red was a priority, then on Antipascha it was necessary to choose green or yellow.
People arranged games – they took krashenka and rolled them down the hill:
sunk and not broken – the owner is waiting for a good year; cracked – expect problems.
Spouses and lovers could roll two eggs at the same time and see what would happen to them. If the eggs at the end of the path remained nearby, the union will be strong and happy.
They also paid attention to the signs of the weather on Krasnaya Gorka:
see a lot of birds – for the harvest year; dreamed of dead relatives – to good news; there are no stars in the sky at night – for warm weather; windy and cold that day – precipitation will fall in June.
Girls on Fomino Sunday should wash themselves with rainwater (if it rains), then beauty will not fade until old age.