Apple Savior and the Day of Transfiguration: Orthodox and Folk Customs
Annually, on August 19, on one day, two major popular holidays are celebrated: the Apple Savior known by the people and the Church-Christian Day of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Find out why they are celebrated on the same day and what are their differences.
The origins of two holidays
Apple Savior has a more ancient history and Old Slavic roots. In the people the holiday was considered a harvest day. It was believed that from this point on, summer is replaced by autumn, nature is transformed and gives the fruits of a new crop.
The holiday was celebrated before the baptism of Russia and many traditions and customs were borrowed from pagan times.
With the advent of Christianity, the church did not interfere with folk traditional holidays. Pagans and Orthodox celebrated their holidays together. In the church tradition on August 19, one of the twelve most important biblical events, the Transfiguration of the Lord, was celebrated.
On the day of the Transfiguration, two prophets, Elijah and Moses, appeared to Jesus and declared his divine destiny: to die on the cross for the sins of men, to rise after three days and ascend to heaven. After this news, the Son of God was transfigured, his face lit up.
The liturgy in honor of the Transfiguration of the Lord is held by clergymen dressed in white clothes, in memory of the biblical event, and after the service the apples are consecrated as a tribute to the folk tradition.
Orthodox traditions of the day of the Transfiguration
According to tradition, believers go to church sutra, at the liturgy, which is held in all Orthodox churches.
After the liturgy, the priests leave the temple, where they are greeted with baskets of apples, grapes and other fruits collected this year. After the consecration of the fruits of the new crop, some of them are usually left in the church. This is considered a gift from the blessed nature of God.
The holiday is celebrated during the Assumption Lent, but regardless of the day of the week, it is allowed to put on the table not strict dishes: fish, food, seasoned with oil and wine. Treats on the day of the Transfiguration are always very diverse and rich, dishes with apples and peas are especially appreciated.
Folk traditions of Apple Savior
In addition to the traditional consecration of apples and fruits in the church, there are other interesting traditions and signs of Apple Savior.
If you eat the first consecrated apple, it will bring great joy. It is usually made wishes that often come true.
Unmarried virgins, who wanted to get married this fall, made out the name of their beloved for the first apple and combed their hair with crests of apple tree.
In Apple Apples, they generously treat others, especially beggars and orphans, at churches. It was believed that such a manifestation of sincere kindness will bring their own well-being.
In Apple Spas it was decided to harvest peas. It was believed that the peas collected on this day, endowed with special healing and magical powers. Pancakes cooked with pea stuffing carried luck and family happiness.
By tradition, on August 19, they organized a large number of fairs and festivals. At sunset, the sun was seen off with songs and dances, because, according to popular tradition, this was the last day of a warm summer.
Our ancestors have always honored and observed both folk and Orthodox traditions. For many centuries, customs have become inseparable, but everyone should remember how important they are and how much they can influence their fate. We wish you good luck and do not forget to press the buttons and