Name days of Nina: history, beliefs and traditions
Entry into the saints named Nina was not accidental. Celebrate the name day of Nina in the church calendar in January, 27th. A girl with that name was born in a small Georgian town. At the age of 12, Nina was with her parents in Jerusalem.
A bit of history
There her parents engaged in worship, and the education and education of the girl was done by an old woman, wise and experienced in life.Showing obedience and diligence in teaching, the little girl soon learned to read the Holy texts of Christianity well.
Several years have passed. One day the old woman told the girl that the light of Christianity had not yet been spilled on Georgia, as well as the legend of a warrior who, thanks to a lot, received a chiton and took him to the land of Avery (Georgia). This moved the girl very much. The young saint began to pray to the Mother of God that she would help Georgia turn to God and see the livery of the Lord.
The Virgin Mary listened to Nina's pleas and appeared to her insleep. The Immaculate Virgin gave the girl a cross from the vine and said that he would guard her on the way. The Virgin sent the saint to Georgia, not knowing Christianity, for preaching the Gospel.
Waking up, Nina found on her bed a cross. Taking it, she turned to the patriarch of Jerusalem. After hearing the story of the girl, he gave his blessing and sent her to the apostolic ministry.
Celebrating Nina's birthday, people talk abouta saint who, during her journey to the land of Avery, performed miraculous deeds. Her adopted couple had no children, and thanks to the prayer of young Nina the woman was healed of infertility. Further, the miraculous rescue of a dying infant by imposing a grape cross is narrated.
After the saint performed for someonemiraculously, the beneficiaries walked around the village and glorified Jesus and his deeds. At the same time, they advised people who need miraculous healing to turn to Saint Nina.
The queen, who worshiped idols, fell seriously ill and,calling to her girlfriend, was released from the ailment. After healed, she accepted Christianity. This is not the only miraculous phenomenon. King Merian, who wanted to destroy all Christianity, was blinded by lightning and healed after promising to glorify Christ, which he told Nina when he returned to the city.
The death of a saint
Equal-to-the-Apostles saints baptized people,living in the mountains. Soon Nina learned of her imminent death and informed the king about it. Merian came to say goodbye to her. Bequeathing to bury her in the place of her tent, she passed away.
When trying to transfer her remains did not evento move the coffin from its place. After a while a temple was built here. To the coffin of Nina the masses of people flocked and were inevitably healed from the overcoming diseases.
The tradition of giving a newborn the name of a saint goes withthe appearance of Orthodoxy in Russian lands. People, calling the child, hope that the child will take a part of his character and destiny. And the saint himself will be an angel-keeper for the baby and throughout his life will protect him from troubles and adversities.
The name for the baby can be chosen in the corresponding day of the birth, dedicated to the memory of the saint. Also it can be done on the 8th day and on the 40th. At the time of baptism, the name of the saint will be given to the child.
A man named in honor of a saint celebrates Nina's birthday party on the day of her memory. As you know, it is the day of death. Before the celebration of the name-day, one should pray to his guardian angel.
Celebrating the name
Orthodox tradition to celebrate the day of the angelgoes back to the XVII century. For example, the name day of Nina is celebrated not only by women, but also by men with a name in which there is a part of "nin". Preparation for the festive feast was thoroughly conducted. On the eve of the celebration, in the evening, baked pies, cakes and rolls.
Not only relatives were invited to the celebration. It was a universal celebration. The acquaintances received acquaintances and neighbors, the more people, the merrier and noisier the holiday. On the birthday of Nina guests were invited not by postcards, but freshly baked pies and rolls. The birthday party was to visit the church and light a candle in front of the icon of his angel.
In the evening guests gathered and gave their originatorsolemn holiday gifts. Sitting the guests at the table, the godfathers were placed in honorable places. The festive mood was supported by a varied table setting.
The main thing at the dinner was a cake, on which the name of the one whom they congratulated was written. Baked cake on the birthday of Nina was necessarily filled with - fish, vegetable, fruit, berry and even from porridge.
Traditions and beliefs
The main tradition was the breaking of the pieover the head of the birthday boy. There was such a belief: the more porridge falls on him, the more happiness and luck will be in his life. Also it was necessary to break some kind of dishes for luck.
After the feast part of the celebration proceeded toThe entertaining moment, which includes dances and songs, dances and games. In conclusion, the culprit expressed his gratitude to the guests for congratulations and presented each with a symbolic gift.
To celebrate the name day of Nina in 2014 as inold times, hardly anyone will. However, in modern times, the tradition lost during the revolution begins to revive. People engaged in everyday affairs and problems are happy to meet relatives and have a good time at the same table, wishing everyone good health and a happy life.