In different countries there are different traditions. The Belarusians are a Christian nation, but they still save many pre-Christian traditions. Some pagan days are public. The most important of them is Radaunica. It is a commemorative day in the mid of April. This day people come to cemeteries to visit the graves of died relatives and ancestors. As we usually say, this is their day and they are waiting for us. The main sense of Radaunica is not only to show that we remember died people, but also to show that our decedents are together with us. Radaunica is obligatory accompanied with improvised feasts on the grave. Moreover, the died man is seen as present. Alive people are talking with him and leave on the grave some alcohol drink and snack. The similar spring commemorative days are widespread among some other European nations, but their days are not public and not so alive.
by Dzmitry Samakhvalau April. 17, 2007 7259 views