Without knives, but with wedding. How Groundhog Day was celebrated in Russian

Groundhog Day is celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada. It was first celebrated in 1887 in the town of Punxsutawney.

In the 1993 film Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s character, journalist Phil Connors, says, “Chekhov thought it was a dark, gloomy, hopeless time.” And he assures that he is prepared for a winter that will never end if he has to spend it, “washing away the warmth of people’s hearts and homes.” of this city”.

Phil was inspired by Chekhov’s story “Late Flowers” to do just that.

– I don’t like winter and I don’t believe anyone who says they love him. It was cold outside, smoky in the rooms, wet in the garages. The power of the mother-in-law, or grunting like an old maid, with its moonlit magic nights, troikas, hunts, concerts and dances, makes winter so boring that it takes too long to kill more than once. , food security, – wrote Chekhov.

In Russia, on February 2, when the church celebrated the memory of Euthymius the Great, the sky was also marked. And they were also interested in the behavior of the animals. But – not marmots.

For example, on Efimov’s day they said: if the cat scratches the floor with its claws, the chickens turn their tails on the floor and wait for a snow storm. If one sees a fox lying in the snow, this is about wind. Didn’t anyone see the foxes today? ..

If there is a snow storm on that day, the winter will be long and the spring will be cold. The weather will determine whether the year will be wet.

Even on Efimov’s day, they tried not to use knives and all kinds of sharp objects, because the wounds were treated better that day. What else? They didn’t pick up a single thing that touched the ground. This was believed to be for poverty.

But you can get married. Those who got engaged today will live a long and happy life. It was just interesting how the bread was cut when the newlyweds and guests sat down at the table. Knives are prohibited…

Source: rg.ru

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