St. Knut's Day in Sweden

13 January in Sweden celebrated Valentine's Day Whip (Tjugondag Knut). In the Russian-language literature the use of the name Canute probably descended from the English St. Canute.

St. Knut's Day is traditionally celebrated twenty days after the Christmas in western Christians. Hence the first part of the name of the holiday: tjugondag, which translates literally "the twentieth day."

This day is considered to be in Sweden and other Scandinavian countries, the end of Christmas day, as indicated by the very well-known proverb: Tjugondag Knut kor julen ut (the day of the Whip is banished Christmas), as well as its many variations: Tjugondag Knut kastas julen ut (the day of Knut released Christmas), Tjugondag Knut sopas julen ut (Knut swept the day of Christmas), and finally: Tjugondag Knut dansas julen ut (the day of Knut vytantsovyvaetsya Christmas).

The last two proverbs are associated with the custom of the day throw away the Christmas tree and organize festivities.

In different parts of Sweden Feast of Saint Knut celebrate in different ways. The most interesting action takes place in the fields of southern Sweden. There are building straw effigy of a man in full size (knutgubbe), dress him in clothes, quietly leaning against the door neighbor and arrange on the street noise. When an unsuspecting neighbor opens the door, stuffed falls into his arms. It is usually stuffed catchy note with the words: "Knut came banished Christmas, do not let it stand, a neighbor Podkin againĀ».

Joker should be caught and slapped cuffs or undress and dress in rags stuffed. If it succeeds, it is believed that the joker, the next year will not be easy — no girl would not agree to dance with him. If you can not catch the Joker, should throw a stuffed animal to another neighbor. The remainder by the end of the night with a stuffed "left holding the bag," and then laughing at him the whole village.

St. Knut's Day celebration usually ends with perky ditty:

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