Semargle Day (14/04)

Semargl ( or Simargle ) — Firebog. It is believed that this is the God of fire and the moon, fire sacrifices, home and hearth. Firebog keeps seeds and crops and can turn into a sacred winged dog.

Semargla is honored in those days when rituals and signs associated with fire and bonfires are mentioned in the folk calendar. On April 14, Semargl drowned the last snow.

There are references to the appearance of Semargle in the flame. They say that once the heavenly blacksmith Swarog himself, having hit the stone with a magic hammer, carved divine sparks from stone. Sparks flared up brightly, and the fiery god Semargl appeared in their flame, seated on the golden-headed horse of silver suit. But, having seemed like a quiet and peaceful hero, Semargl left a scorched mark wherever his horse's foot set foot.

The name of the god of Fire is not known for certain, most likely because his name is extremely holy. Holiness is explained by the fact that this God does not live somewhere in the seventh heaven, but directly among earthly people! His name is tried to be pronounced aloud less often, usually replacing with allegories.

From a long time the Slavs have been associated with the emergence of people with the Fire. According to some tales, the Gods created a Man and a Woman from two sticks, between which the Fire — the very first flame of love flared up.

Semargl also does not let evil into the world. At night, Semargl stands guard with a fiery sword and only one day a year he leaves his post, responding to the call of the Swimsuit, which calls him to love games on the day of Autumn equinox. And on the day of the Summer Solstice, after 9 months, children — Kostroma and Kupalo are born in Semargl and Kupalnitsa.