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winter traditions: january: St. Jordan's day (The water day, Epiphany, Men's water day) - January 6

     This celebration marks the end of the so-called Dirty days. At St. Jordan's eve the Third (the last) Christmas supper is prepared. Only meatless dishes are put on the table: beans, cooked cabbage or stuffed cabbage leaves; nuts; bread, which is made of both wheat and millet flour, n order to honour the millet (in some regions they use maize flour instead of millet flour). The unburned candle from the Second Christmas Supper is also put on the table and is lit again.
     According to the folk beliefs "the sky opens" on St. Jordan's eve. Everyone who sees that will have all his/her wishes come true. This is why people in the past didn't sleep during that night.
     On this day water is sanctified after which the priest throws the cross in the river (water) and the men take it out. The one who first reaches the cross and takes it out will be healthy and happy. It is believed that if the cross freezes the year will be healthy and fertile. Sick people bathe (or sprinkle water on themselves) in that spot of the water where the cross has been thrown so that they will get cured. The rest of the people also wash their hands and faces to get "good health".
     Early in the morning the young girls wash the home icon and the shroud (of Christ) in the river or on the well/fountain. This is done in order for the new crops of wheat to be white. The name of the feast - Men's water day- comes from the tradition, according to which only young unmarried men and small children under the age of 1. In some places the so called "haskane" is carried out : 5-6 men go round the houses and wash the new-born babies and the young unmarried men.
     Another custom related to this holiday is Tayany