Photos of the Day for October 21, 2016

October 20, 2016 7:00 pm

Harvest-time in Polesia (Pripet Marshes).  Tsjerablichy 2016.

Ураджай у сярэдняй Прыпяці.  Цераблічы 2016 г.

 

Onions.  Цыбуліны.

 

 

Apple season.  Пора яблыкоў.

Photo of the Day for October 20, 2016

October 19, 2016 7:00 pm

Horses by dyke at the River Moustva, Tsjerablichy 2016.  As mechanized transport becomes more prevalent in the central Pripet Marshes, more and more small-holders have given up using horses.  It is thus even more of a welcome sight to see some of the remaining horses in Tsjerablichy grazing by the dyke.  The dyke was erected after the great flood of 1979 as part of the continuing Soviet effort to “ameliorate” Europe’s largest stretch of wetlands, an “amelioration” which has wreaked severe damage on the Pripet Marshes.

Коні ля дамбы, Цераблічы 2016 г.

 

Photo of the Day for October 19, 2016

October 18, 2016 7:00 pm

And thus it is hard for me to believe,
That you will come home no more.
So I always remove my hat
Before the grave of one unknown..

 

Final stanza of the poem “To my father” by national poet of Belarus Ryhor Baradulin (1935-2014).  He wrote the poem in memory of his father, who perished in an unknown place in 1944 while fighting as a partisan against the Germans.

 

Паверыць цяжка мне таму,
Што больш не прыйдзеш ты дадому.
А шапку я заўжды здыму
Перад магілай невядомай..

 

Апошняя страфа вершу “Бацьку“ народнага паэта Беларусі Рыгора Барадуліна.

 

 

Grave in the cemetery in Vushachy (the same cemetery where Ryhor Baradulin is buried) 2014.

Магіла недалёка ад помніку дзеду Рыгору на могілках у Вушачах 2014 г.

Photos of the Day for October 18, 2016

October 17, 2016 7:00 pm

Blessing of Apples, Orthodox feast of the Transfiguration (Apple-Blessing feast), Tsjerablichy 2016.  The timing of feast-day celebrations differed between the neighboring villages of Azdamichy and Tsjerablichy.  Therefore it was possible to attend the blessing of apples in Tsjerablichy during the break in the Azdamichy service.

Асьвячэньне яблыкаў, Яблычны Спас, царква Ўваскрасеньня Хрыстова, Цераблічы 2016 г.

 

Awaiting the blessing of apples.

У чаканьні асьвячэньня яблыкаў.

 

First circuit:  Father Vital’ blesses apples with incense.

Айцец Віталь кадзіць яблыкі ладанам.

 

Second circuit:  blessing of apples with water.

Асьвячэньне вадой.

 

Third circuit:  kissing the cross.

Цалаваньне крыжа.

 

Photos of the Day for October 17, 2016

October 16, 2016 7:00 pm

Polesia in faces.  Generations, Azdamichy 2016.

Палесьсе ў тварах.  Пакаленьні, Аздамічы 2016 г.

 

 

Photos of the Day for October 16, 2016

October 15, 2016 7:00 pm

Polesia in faces, Azdamichy 2016.

Палесьсе ў тварах, Аздамічы 2016 г.

 

Polka-dots.  “У гарошак“.

Photo of the Day for October 15, 2016

October 14, 2016 7:00 pm

Polesia in faces, Azdamichy 2016.

Палесьсе ў тварах, Аздамічы 2016 г.

 

Photos of the Day for October 14, 2016

October 13, 2016 7:00 pm

Feast of the Transfiguration (Apple-Blessing feast), Azdamichy 2016.  After the blessing of apples, parishioners hurry to the cemetery to place blessed fruit on the graves of their forebears.

Праабражэньне Гасподняе/Яблычны Спас, Аздамічы 2016 г.  Прыхаджане сьпяшацца на могілкі, каб пакласьці асьвячоныя плоды на магілы продкаў…

 

…пакудь хор дасьпявае апошныя песьні пасьля пяцігадзіннай службы.

Photos of the Day for October 13, 2016

October 12, 2016 7:00 pm

Blessing of apples, feast of the Transfiguration (Apple-Blessing feast), Azdamichy 2016.  After the blessing of apples, parishioners pack up their apples and await the third circuit, when Father Aljaksandr offers the cross to be kissed.

The kissing of the cross is another moment which demonstrates parents’ and grandparents’ keen interest in passing on their faith and traditions to their offspring.  No one lingers after kissing the cross; people hasten to the cemetery to place blessed fruit on the graves of their forebears.

Асьвячэньне яблыкаў, Праабражэньне (Яблычны Спас), Аздамічы 2016 г.

 

Photos of the Day for October 12, 2016

October 11, 2016 7:00 pm

Blessing of apples, feast of the Transfiguration (Apple-Blessing feast), Azdamichy 2016.  On his second circuit around the churchyard, Father Aljaksandr blesses the apples with water.

Асьвячэньне яблыкаў вадой, Праабражэньне (Яблычны Спас), Аздамічы 2016 г.