The Apostles Peter and Paul, an extremely important holiday for Christians! The end of June is very intense for the faithful Romanians preserving the ancestral customs.
The end of the first calendar summer months abounds in events: we had the Summer Moons, the solstice, Sânzienele, the fasting of the apostles Peter and Paul and now, on Saturday, June 29, we honor these important apostles.
As at every great feast, we have traditions and customs inherited from ancestral estates.
Every year, on June 29, the Holy Church reminds us of the holy apostles Peter and Paul. But why are they trapped together?
Church tradition says they were both killed the same day. On the command of Emperor Nero, the Holy Apostle Peter was crucified with his head down, and St. Paul's head was cut off in the city of Rome, doxologia.ro.
According to Sinaxar, the relics of the two saints were buried together. Most often, in churches we find paintings on the left and right pillars at the entrance. This mode of representation shows us that the two apostles, through their lives and writings, are considered "the pillars of the Church and the Enlighteners of the world."
It is not known precisely when the two saints are honored in one feast, but the Christians in Rome who witnessed their martyrdom surely honored them immediately after their death.
The first written testimonies about the common feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul come from the sec. IV, writes doxologia.ro.
On the day of celebration, people are accustomed to give alms for the souls of the dead – the feast being also known as the Sons of SANPETRU. According to popular belief, the estates would have been nine elders who were doing only good things and wonders all over where they were going.
On the day of SANPETRU or Summer, women share pots with water, "for the dead to have what they drink in the other world" -that this day people are allowed to do anything, but not to pour, for it is believed that the colaks from the dead are coming back.
In the day of Sânpetru, women give alms and vessels with wine, cooked milk and cooked dishes, often decorated with flowers and cherries. A superstition says that it is not allowed for any woman to eat apples this day, so as not to upset the dead. After the feast, however, young women can eat apples, the elderly being forced to wait until St. Elijah. On this day go to the church the apple, the stasis, the coliva, the colaci and who has – and a little honey in the combs.