On January 2nd, the Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the memory of the Holy Hieromartyr Ignatius, known among people as St. Ignat, Ignite, Ignat Day, etc. This day is also called "The First Christmas", because today begin the preparations for the holiday associated with the birth of Jesus Christ - Christmas. The Ignat holiday is always five days before Christmas.

When Ignatius was a child, Jesus took him in his embrace and told his disciples: "If you aren't like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven." He suffered during the Roman Emperor Trajan, when the Christians refused to offer sacrifices to the Roman gods.

This day has two meanings. The first meaning of this religious holiday is that according to the popular belief, today the day begins to grow and the second belief is that St. Ignatius is a day that is believed to be decisive about what will happen to you throughout the year.

To this day, it is believed that one who enters first in the house brings happiness or misfortune. If it was a young and beautiful man (boy or girl), they were considered lucky, and if an old man first entered, or a grandmother, it was believed that they would bring misfortune. The custom is about the beginning of the year, when the happiness of the individual and the community is predicted.

Remember that in all folk customs there is a little truth. So today, do something good. Be careful, and don't do what you do not want to happen to you all year. Forget about problems, and smile at anyone who is thinking differently from you. Invite friends to your home, give them food, make them smile, drink. Then, before going to bed, read a good book, for a smart start of the year.

Don't forget to kiss your loved ones, tell them how much you love them and how much they need you. Because remember, without love, the new year, regardless of today, will surely go in the wrong direction.

According to beliefs in Miyak region, the day begins to grow from today, according to their belief, the day on Varvara, the day before St. Nicholas, is the smallest, and today for the first time one can notice a slight "growth" of the day. Otherwise, the first significant increase of the day is on January 31, at St. Atanas.