This Tuesday the Orthodox Church honors the memory of the Monk Simeon the Stylite. People call this day Semyon Letoprovets.
Saint Simeon was born into a poor family in the vicinity of Syrian Antioch in the middle of the 4th century. Growing up, he left the parental home and decided to become a monk.
The saint retired in the Syrian wilderness and laid the foundation for a new type of asceticism: “pillars.” Having settled on the high pillar he had built, Simeon prayed and meditated almost continuously day and night about God.
People called September 14 the day of the Seeds of the Letoprovodtsa. On this day, our ancestors saw off the summer and met autumn. This holiday was also called the First Osenins.
On Semyonov Day, people arranged merry festivities with dances and round dances, the hostesses laid a rich table. To attract well-being to the house, on this day all the fire was extinguished in the dwelling and only a candle decorated with flowers was left.
In Russia, on Semyonov’s day, it was customary to woo and play weddings. The ancestors believed that by becoming newlyweds on September 14, the spouses would live a long and happy life. This day was considered successful for new settlements.
It was forbidden to go on the road on Semyonov’s day, otherwise it could lead to illness and poverty. It was also impossible to work in the field, especially to mow the grass.
In order not to drive prosperity and happiness out of the house, our ancestors did not sweep the floor in the hut on Semyon Letoprovodtsa and did not throw out the remnants of food from the table. They were given to the needy.
It is strictly forbidden today to quarrel, wish others harm and refuse help.