Today is the Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist. Find out what not to do to forgive your sins!

On August 29, Orthodox Christians celebrate Beheading of Saint John the Forerunner and Baptist Lord. Those who want to wash their sins should keep fasting. And, according to popular belief, you should avoid eating grapes and red cabbage and foods.

In memory of the blood shed by Sântion or Sântion Autumn (as it is called, the people of Saint John the Baptist), tradition requires not to consume red wine, no food and cooked meals that have the same color (watermelon, red peppers , tomato sauce, red meat – not so, because it’s day post etc..).

No do not eat cabbage because this vegetable has a negative connotation to this day: St. legends say that he was beheaded on everything cabbage 7 times and so often raised, so it is that today’s feast is also called “St. John cut the cabbage head.”

Do not use the broom and knife

Here are some other prohibitions which, if complied with, helps to relieve sins:
  Do not use plates or other dressers (because, after being cut, the head of the saint was placed on a plate)
Do not cut food with a knife (all on a method that killed John the Baptist), all you eat is broken by hand
not used broom, to not disturb the dead

Fast, if you cursed

Sometime Sântion station was holding “of the cross to the cross” August 29, until Cross Day (September 14). Believers ate once a day, wheat or corn cake, baked by them. Only those who had committed very heavy sins were allowed to eat berries. Sleeping on the ground (if possible, without litter) and at the end of fasting, alms were at church.

Today, the Church recommends that post (but black) only on August 29 (the folk tradition “sweetens” the post, allowing grapes to eat). Those who have the strength to keep it eases their own souls or the souls of relatives to help save the worst sin: abortion, murder, theft, curse especially on their children.

St. protects infants

For Orthodox Christians in Bukovina, St. John the Baptist, with St. Necula infant patron: he ensures that unbaptized babies to die.


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