Καλο Μηνα – February and its proverbs

February is the second month of the year according to the Gregorian Calendar. 

This month the many waters gush and that is why the saying “February, you opened my veins” .

February, according to the folklore etymologist, means a swollen vein, and this is because during this month the earth’s veins fill with water.

The people also named February Koutsoflevaros, because according to tradition, Martis borrowed from him for two days and during the two days he “froze the old woman” . The proverb “Koutsoflevaros put the old woman in the trench below” is also known.

“February opens veins and knocks on doors.” In other words, it causes many deaths due to cold and rain, but also changes in climate.

But, despite its savagery, February is the forerunner of summer:  “February, even if it is cold, will smell like summer, is relevant. But if he gives in and gets angry in the snow, he will throw us. ” February is also called “little month” or “Koutsoflevaros”.

From the weather situation during the first 3 days of the month, the bad weather or summer is guessed throughout the month.

On the 2nd of February the Epiphany of Christ is celebrated and in many places it is believed that the weather of this day foreshadows the weather that will follow in the following days.

On the 1st of February, Saint Tryphon is celebrated, who is considered the guardian of the vines and the protector of the fields. That is why in Siatista the vine growers perform a divine service.

Source – oikohouse

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