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Green Week – Like most of the spring rituals that can be found in Slavic countries, this one too has elements of pre-Christian Slavic culture. Green week or “Zielone Świątki” (better known as Trinity Week in Russia) is a festival of several Slavic rituals that celebrate full spring, the rebirth of nature, and as such it usually falls around from mid-May to June. It is connected with celebration of Pantecost that starts 50 days after (or seventh week after) Easter and it’s core meaning is to purify the surrounding from winter, evil spirits, demons to make way for nature to blossom.
Connection to several folk customs:
Decorating houses with green branches, herbs and flower symbols.
Purifying or simply cleaning house floors with green birch-tree branch.
Protecting house by scattering calamus on floors as a barrier from evil.
Adornin farm cattle with flowers and incensing them withsmoke.
Boostin cattle fertility by rolling eggs around cattle’ssides.
Burnin large bonfires around joyful celebrations with festive (ritualistic)dancing.
Torc walking around crops to purge them from demons and evils
Also it should be noted that originally most of the mentioned rituals were linked with ancient Slavic festivity called Stado (meaning Herd), and it was a popular pagan festival celebrated in rural areas in Slavic countries. For example this festival was described in 15
The original names as Rusalki Week, Green Week or Polish Zielone Świątki survived only among rural populations and eventually was renamed by Christian church in “Pentecost” in a effort to separate it from some pagan elements and it’s nature. For example the word “świątki” was used to describe wooden idols (of Slavic Gods) this is why Christianity in Poland has seen the need to change the name of festivity. Such ‘świątki’ idols were usually placed in pathways, roads to protect the wanderers and passengers and they were little shrines to Slavic gods. Most of these rituals today are clearly of Slavic pagan origins and this is why Rodnovers (modern believers of the Slavic Native Faith) incorporate Green Week traditional “rituals” (listed above) in modern summer solstice and other spring and summer celebrations.