Photo of the Day for November 24, 2014

Blessing the Host, feast of the Transfiguration/Apple-Blessing Feast (Jablychny Spas), Azdamichy 2014.

One of the 12 great feasts in the Orthodox calendar, the August 19 feast of the Transfiguration/Apple-Blessing feast (Jablychny Spas) is  joyfully celebrated throughout Belarus, nowhere more so than in Azdamichy.

The parish of the Holy Trinity in Azdamichy is like a home parish to me.  The parishioners and Father Aljaksandr are the salt of the earth and this was the eighth year in a row that I have attended the feast of the Transfiguration/Apple-Blessing feast there.

Перамяненьне Гасподняе – Яблычны Спас, Аздамічы 2014 г.

Photo of the Day for November 23, 2014

Traditional farming:  preparing to feed the hogs.  Tsjerablichy 2014.

Традыцыйнае палескае фермерства:  падрыхтоўка да кармленьня кабанчыкоў.  Цераблічы 2014 г.

Photo of the Day for November 22, 2014

In memory of the more than three million Ukrainians whom Stalin and his regime murdered in the deliberately-induced famine of 1932-1933 known as the Holodomor.  Ukrainians light candles on November 22 to commemorate the dead.

У памяць больш за трох міліёнаў украінцаў забітых Сталінам і сталінскімі ўладамі ў галадамору 1932-33 гг.

День пам’яті жертв голодомору.

Photo of the Day for November 21, 2014

Last hay before Pakrou (October 14 feast of the Protection of the Holy Mother of God), Rubjel’ 2014.

Дакоскі перад Пакровамі, Рубель 2014 г.

Photo of the Day for November 20, 2014

Harvesting cabbage before Pakrou (October 14 feast of the Protection of the Holy Mother of God), Rubjel’ 2014.

Уборка капусты перад Пакровамі, Рубель 2014 г.

Photos of the Day for November 19, 2014

Working the fields before Pakrou, Rubjel’ 2014.

It is a strong tradition among Orthodox who celebrate Pakrou (the feast of the Protection of the Holy Mother of God) that they should conclude the year’s work in the fields by the October 14 date of the feast.  Thus the always-busy farm-cart traffic on the roads around the Polesian village of Rubjel’ intensifies in the days leading up to Pakrou.

Ратайства перад Пакровамі, Рубель 2014 г.

Photo of the Day for November 18, 2014

October fog:  plowing before Pakrou.  Tsjerablichy 2014.

Vasil’ Pjetrusjevich and his neighbor rush to finish plowing the Pjetrusjevichs’ lower plot before October 14, the Orthodox feast of the Protection of the Holy Mother of God and farmers’ traditional end to the annual cycle of work in the fields in Polesia.

Кастрычніцкі туман:   палескае ратайства.  Спадар Васіль са суседам сьпяшаюцца араць апошныя соткі перад Пакровамі.  Цераблічы 2014 г.

Photo of the Day for November 17, 2014

October fog.  Tsjerablichy-Machul’ road 2014.  Кастрычніцкі туман на дарозе Цераблічы-Мачуль 2014.

Photo of the Day for November 16, 2014

October fog.  Tsjerablichy 2014.  Кастрычніцкі туман.  Цераблічы 2014 г.

Photos of the Day for November 15, 2014

Diamonds in the fog.  Tsjerablichy 2014.  Брыльянты ў тумане.  Цераблічы 2014 г.