Photos of the Day for September 20, 2015

September 19, 2015 7:00 pm

Belarus in Faces (part CLXIX).  Беларусь у тварах (частка CLXIX).

The Orthodox Christian feast of Mjadovy Spas/Makauje (VII/VIII):  Davyd-Haradok 2015.  Мядовы Спас/Макаўе (VII/VIII):  Давыд-Гарадок 2015 г.

Photo of the Day for September 19, 2015

September 18, 2015 7:00 pm

Belarus in Faces (part CLXVIII).  Беларусь у тварах (частка CLXVIII).

The Orthodox Christian feast of Mjadovy Spas/Makauje (VI/VIII):  Davyd-Haradok 2015.  Мядовы Спас/Макаўе (VI/VIII):  Давыд-Гарадок 2015 г.

Photos of the Day for September 18, 2015

September 17, 2015 7:00 pm

Feast of Honey-Blessing/feast of the Maccabees (V/VIII):  blessing of flowers.  Davyd-Haradok 2015.  Мядовы Спас/Макаўе (V/VIII):  асьвячэньне кветак.  Давыд-Гарадок 2015 г.

In a wave of excitement parishioners thrust their bouquets into the air to be blessed by the priest with ample streams of water.

Photos of the Day for September 17, 2015

September 16, 2015 7:00 pm

Feast of Honey-Blessing/feast of the Maccabees (IV/VIII):  awaiting the blessing of flowers.  Davyd-Haradok 2015.  Мядовы Спас/Макаўе (IV/VIII):  у чаканьні асьвячэньня кветак.  Давыд-Гарадок 2015 г.

Parishioners await the blessing of flowers at the end of the liturgy with palpable excitement and anticipation.  During the year following the ceremony, families use petals from the blessed flowers to ward off disease and evil spirits.

Photos of the Day for September 16, 2015

September 15, 2015 7:00 pm

Feast of Honey-Blessing/feast of the Maccabees (III/VIII), Davyd-Haradok 2015.  Мядовы Спас/Макаўе (III/VIII), Давыд-Гарадок 2015 г.

Photos of the Day for September 15, 2015

September 14, 2015 7:00 pm

Feast of Honey-Blessing/feast of the Maccabees (II/VIII), Davyd-Haradok 2015.  Мядовы Спас/Макаўе (II/VIII), Давыд-Гарадок 2015 г.

Photo of the Day for September 14, 2015

September 13, 2015 7:00 pm

Feast of Honey-Blessing/feast of the Maccabees (I/VIII), Davyd-Haradok 2015.  Мядовы Спас/Макаўе (I/VIII), Давыд-Гарадок 2015 г.

Combining Christian rites with pre-Christian traditions, the August 14 feast of Honey-Blessing (Mjadovy Spas) is the first of several harvest-related celebrations in the Orthodox liturgical calendar.  Mjadovy Spas marks the beginning of the strict two-week fast leading to the Orthodox feast of the Dormition on August 27.

Most celebrations of Mjadovy Spas in Belarus emphasize the blessing of honey and water and the ritual washing of one’s eyes to gain spiritual insight.  Reflecting the strong local horticultural tradition in Davyd-Haradok, the parish of the Mother of God of Kazan focuses on the blessing of flowers.

З-за моцнай традыцыі садаводства ў Давыд-Гарадку, прыход Маці Божай Казанскай сьвяткуе Мядовы Спас інтэнсіўным асьвячэньнем кветак.

Photos of the Day for September 13, 2015

September 12, 2015 7:00 pm

A bumper crop in 2015.  Багацьце ўраджая 2015 г.

Walnuts, Tsjerablichy.  Арэхі, Цераблічы.

Acorns, Tonjezh.  Жалуды, Тонеж.

Dried tobacco, Tonjezh.  Высушаная табака, Тонеж.

Smoking home-grown tobacco, Tonjezh.  Паленьне табакі з дамашнай гаспадаркі, Тонеж.

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September 11, 2015 7:00 pm

Harvest 2015:  summer squash and tomatoes, Tsjerablichy.  Ураджай 2015 г.:  гарбузы і памідоры, Цераблічы.

Photos of the Day for September 11, 2015

September 10, 2015 7:00 pm

Harvest 2015:  onions.  Ураджай 2015 г.:  цыбуля.

Tonjezh.  Тонеж.

Tsjerablichy.  Цераблічы.