How in Russia did celebrate Christmas Eve?
Christmas – a great holiday, it is noted in Russia since the X century. The first day before Christmas is called Christmas Eve. In Russia the Christmas Eve was always celebrated modestly and quietly. all hostesses began with
In Christmas Eve preparation for a great holiday. For kindling of the furnace this day fire was cut flint which lay 12 days under icons. In the furnace 12 specially chosen logs have to lie. Further the hostess has to prepare in the furnace of 12 fast dishes. In Christmas Eve in Russia surely cooked honey drink with dried fruit (uvar) and porridge from wheat and barley (kolivo).
To a holiday table people left elegantly dressed, began to have supper after emergence of the first star. The first the father always sat down to a table. This day on a table put also entertainments for the died relatives, was considered that this day their souls arrive on the earth. During a dinner in Christmas Eve at a table has to be quiet and peaceful, rise it was allowed only to the hostess of the house.
In Christmas Eve, according to legends, water in springs became curative. It washed and on it kneaded dough for Christmas bread.
In Christmas Eve in Russia people made various ceremonies which had to frighten off evil spirit, bring to people happiness, health, longevity, a good harvest, etc. of
In Christmas Eve the streets walked going round carol-singing, they glorified Christ and congratulated all inhabitants on a holiday. Inhabitants took out to them various entertainments.