When is baptism?
In the modern world, in frenzied haste and bustle, many young people, and also not very much, do not know when the Baptism of the Lord. They also do not know about what this holiday marks and where it came from. We undertook to help the "unknowing" and clearly explain everything.
The baptism of the Lord is one of the few major holidays in Orthodox Christianity. This holiday is celebrated on January 19th (for a new style). Baptism comes immediately after the Christmas time, which lasted from the seventh to the nineteenth of January. The name of the holiday comes from the ancient times described in the Bible, when Jesus (the son of God) was baptized by Ivan the Baptist in the river Jordan.
The holiday begins to celebrate in the evening of January 18th, it was then that all Orthodox celebrate the "Epiphany Christmas Eve." This evening, all adhere to strict fasting. And the very preparation before the Baptism of the Lord is called the Epiphany of the Lord.
On January 18, all family members, just like before Christmas itself, gather at a large, covered tablecloth, table, on which there are only lean dishes and kutia, made from rice (wheat), honey and raisins.And on Baptism itself, January 19, a great mystery takes place - the sacrament of Water consecration. It is believed that the consecrated water on this day is especially healing.