January 14 in the Orthodox Church is the feast of the Circumcision of the Lord, as well as the day of honoring the memory of St. Basil the Great.
The Scriptures say that on the eighth day from Christmas, the Holy Child was circumcised, and the name Jesus was given to him, which means “Savior.”
In Russia, the people called this day Vasiliev, in honor of the memory of St. Basil the Great (330-379). On this day, it was customary to bake cookies in the form of birds and animals. Also today we got up early in the morning and hurried to a well or a spring to wash with spring water, people believed that this would give health for the whole year.
January 14 – the first day of the new year according to the old calendar style, people celebrated, gathering at generous tables, which were sure to have pork dishes.
What absolutely cannot be done on Old New Year, January 14:
On this day, according to the surviving popular memory, you can not lend anything, and take anything out of the house. Moreover, on the feast of the Circumcision of the Lord, on St. Basil’s Day, it is not even recommended to take out the garbage from the house.
Also, today you cannot do hard housework and do general cleaning or repairs. Needlework is also prohibited today.
On this day, you must not make scandals, quarrels, envy, swear or get angry. The day should be spent peacefully and benevolently, then the year will be happy.