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customs: Saint John [3 results]

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SM-012b A05 On the night of San Juan they would make bonfires at the church porch. Branches would be burnt and the embers would be taken home. (14:35”) (She begins to speak in Spanish) On the morning of San Juan they would put two branches on each side of the door, one of hazel wood and the other of a berry bush. They would take holy water home and bless the animals. At Xmas they would burn a large trunk.
SM-012b A11 On the night of San Juan they would make bonfires. They would bring a branch to be blessed. In the fields where they had sown wheat, they would put little crosses to protect it from the hailstones. On the day of San Juan they would put two branches on the two sides of the door of the house before sunrise or soon after, one of which was hazel and the other, a berry bush. They would bring water from the well and the priest would bless it. With that water they would bless the animals.
SM-012b A11 On Midsummer’s Night (St. John’s), they used to make bonfires. They took a branch to be blessed. They used to put small crosses in the fields where they had sowed wheat to protect them from hail. On Midsummer’s day, just before dawn or immediately afterwards, they used to put two branches on either side of the door of each house, one of thorn and the other of hazel. They fetched water from the pump and the priest blessed it. This water was used to bless the livestock.