I recollect that Greek-Catholics in Galicia celebrated "Jordan " holiday, I believe on Jan. 19th. They used to have a mass on a river bank, priest would sprinkle holy water on the river and people would collect water from the river, take it home and sprinkle around the house and property for good luck.
Poland and WWII 1939-1945
I'm currently writing up the little information I have on my dad.
I have to confess that I'm not religious despite my father having been
a devout catholic before his exile.
In his village which was a very poor farming community he celebrated
what he described as the 'Festival of the Thunderstorm' on February
the 2nd. "During this festival, holy water was taken home from Church
and sprinkled around the houses to protect them from thunderstorms".
I suspect this was a local interpretation of Candlemas, traditionally
the mid point of winter, on which the weather was supposed to act
inversely as an indicator for the rest of the winter. So good weather
on Candlemas was supposed to indicate more bad weather to come, whilst
bad weather on Candelmas indicated that the worst of the Winter
weather was over.
So maybe my father got it wrong, the sprinkling of the holy water
might have been to attract thunderstorms and bad weather for the day
rather than protecting from them?
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