December 5 Sava
St. Sava’s Day
This holiday is connected with St. Varvara's Day and St. Nicholas' Day. On this day rituals are not performed. The day passes mainly in preparing for the table for St. Nicholas' Day. In some places cutting and sawing are avoided. Women do not touch sharp objects.
n folk legends this is the holiday of saint Androgin. That is why in some villages Sava is a woman, a saint, sister of Varvara and Nicholas. At other places Sava is a man, protector of wolves, also called wolf herd. On this day barren women get up very early and sift the flour in a new sift, tuned upside down. The oldest woman in the house pronounces the words: "Turn the sift, my child, and your belly will be turned". And they believe that after the ritual bread is given out at crossroads, the woman will have a child within a year. Sava comes from the Old Greek Saturday (foreseeing). The nameday of Slavka, Slav, Sava.
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