Святки (Holy Days) Is Time For Fortune Telling!

Today I’ll tell you some folk traditions of fortune telling in Russia. It starts at Christmas Eve (January 6th) and ends with the Epiphany (January 19th). In old time people believe that’s that on those days souls of dead ancestors wander around the world and check if their children and grandchildren lead righteous lives. And if someone would start talking to you through the window, you should answer him very politely, but you should not open the door: it is a spirit; people go through the door… At the Christmas Eve people believe there are two strengths in these days: Strength of Kind and Strength of Evil. And to what strength you join, the strength will make wonder with you!..

We already had a good article about old Russian Christmas traditions. In Russia people believe that if it’s snowing at Christmas Eve it will be good harvest for bread and if it’s frost at Christmas Eve it will be Happiness and Love in family life. And I am telling you right now that is just very slight snowing now but frost -15 and it will be colder by midnight! So we’ll see!

During these two weeks, people think a good time to find out about the future. Even the Russian Church does not consider this, like a sin.

There are some old folk fortune telling. They are most for girls who wants get married:

At midnight girls go out to a crossing and draw a circle in the snow with a burnt stick, and bend to the ground they try to hear the sound of a bell, or an underground bell. If she heard the sound of a bell it meant that she would get married this year.

To learn the color of the eyes of the fiancé they used such a fortune telling. At midnight girls used to go out with ‘sochen’ (a cottage cheese pie); they went wherever they liked to share the pie with the first person she met and to eat it. What the color of this person’s eyes was, the same color her future fiancé eyes will be. If she asked his name, she could learn the name of her future fiancé.

A girl who wants to see her fiancé could do it in such a way: A girl sits in dark room at midnight, she has two mirrors at the table what face each other lightning candles and tries to see a some one in the gallery of reflections.

To know about future you can such way by watching shadows: Everyone takes a pure leaf of a paper, crumples it, puts on a dish or on a greater flat plate and sets fire. When the leaf will burn down or nearly so will burn down, you translate the shadows of it on the wall by candle. You try to learn your future by watching closely the shadows on the wall.

If you want to know if this girl and this guy will be together: you put two matches on each side a matchbox and set a fire. If the burned down heads of the matches will be turned to each other, that means this guy and the girl will be together.

Here I told you just very little part of Russian folk fortune telling. When I was writing this article I learned a lot about the traditions. Some of them I never knew about but some of them I know from my childhood and we even tried them with my classmates ;).

Do you know some folk fortunetelling? Do you believe in some of them?Photobucket

By Svetlana Keeton

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A Jewel in Two Crowns: Crimea

This story appears in the April 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine…

In 1954 Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev, First Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, signed Crimea over to Ukraine as a gesture of goodwill. Galina was 14 at the time.

“Illegal,” she said, when asked about the hand­over. “There was no referendum. No announcement. It just happened.”

What was Khrushchev thinking?

“He wasn’t,” she snapped. “Khrushchev had roaches in his head.”

Crimea was a lovely present, but the box was empty. Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union anyway. “My parents discussed the transfer, but we weren’t concerned,” Galina said. Moscow was still in charge. No one could have ever imagined the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, when Crimea would be pulled out of the orbit of Russian rule along with an independent Ukraine.

Do you miss the Soviet Union? I asked Galina, as she reminisced about the stability of life under the Soviets. Prices were artificially low. “You could get a kilo of sugar for 78 kopeks,” she said. “Butter, only 60! Now, I don’t even buy it.” Education and medical care were free. As for a vacation: “I could go to a resort”—now completely out of the question on her monthly pension of $130.

“Yes, we have a longing for the Soviet Union,” she said. “But it cannot come back, no matter how much we wish. We can only toskavat.”

Source: A Jewel in Two Crowns

Looks like National Geographic knew what was going on even in 2011…

The USA knew exactly what they would cause if they tried to touch “The Crimea” and to act like anything else would have happened is being not just muddleheaded, but a truest form of stupid…

WtR