Photos of the Day for August 10, 2017

Orthodox Trinity Sunday/Pentecost.

Eastern Orthodoxy celebrates the feast of  Trinity on the same day as Pentecost, whereas western churches celebrate Trinity on the Sunday following Pentecost.  In Belarus the feast is traditionally called Sjomukha (Сёмуха), from the word for “seven”, since the feast falls on the seventh Sunday after Easter.  In popular tradition marking the end of spring and beginning of summer, Trinity is one of the most important dates in the cycle of the year for honoring forebears (see photo of the day for May 24, 2010).

On the eve of Trinity Sunday, people attach birch branches (a pre-Christian rite, incorporated into Christian tradition as symbolizing the life-giving power of the Holy Trinity) to their homes and scatter reeds (to recall that Christ’s first disciples were fishermen) at the entrance and throughout the interior.  Churches do likewise.

Тройца (Сёмуха).



Birch branches at the entrance to a house, Tsjerablichy 2017.

Галінкі бярозы на Тройцу/Сёмуху, Цераблічы 2017 г.



Pentecost is one of the twelve great feasts in the Orthodox liturgical calendar.  The parish of the Holy Trinity in Azdamichy celebrates Pentecost with great vigor while preparing for its even more splendid patronal feast on the third day of  Trinity (Tuesday).  This year the Sunday Pentecost/Holy Trinity service lasted almost six hours as it combined mattins, the liturgy, and vespers.

Feast of Pentecost/Holy Trinity, Azdamichy 2017.

Сёмуха/Тройца, Аздамічы 2017 г.









Blessing the icon of the Holy Trinity.

Асьвячэньне абраза Сьвятой Тройцы.




Blessing the nave and congregation.  The priest makes a clockwise circuit of the interior of the nave (as opposed to the counter-clockwise circuit through the churchyard around the church during the procession) to bless and fortify the church and congregation against Satan.





Anointing with holy oil for the remission of sins.





Photos of the Day for August 9, 2017

Cemetery in Harodniki (Ashmjany District) 2017.

Every cemetery, even in a small village, is a lesson in local history and the history of the nation.

Могілкі ў Гародніках (Ашмянскі раён) 2017 г.



Churches of Belarus (part CCX):  cemetery chapel of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (1864).

Касьцёлы Беларусі (CCX):  капліца Найсьвяцейшай Панны Марыі з Гары Кармэль (1864 г.).






Graves of Polish Home Army soldiers killed in June 1944.

Надмагільлі салдатаў А.К., упалых у чэрвені 1944 г.






Grave of Andrzej (Jędrzej) Śniadecki (noted physician and scientist, 1768-1838).

Надмагільле Андрэя Сьнядэцкага (1768-1838).





Name written in a mix of Latin and Cyrillic letters.

Надмагільле напісанае сумесю лацінскага й кірыліцкага алфавітаў.





Lilies-of-the-valley, a traditional cemetery flower in Belarus.  The cross in the first photo resembles the crosses which the Polish authorities of the interwar Second Polish Republic erected in restoring and tending German World War I cemeteries. 




Photos of the Day for August 8, 2017

Ashmjany Roman Catholic cemetery (II/II) 2017.

Рыма-каталіцкія могілкі ў Ашмянах (II/II) 2017 г.


Graves of Polish soldiers who fell in the war against the Bolsheviks 1919-21; grave of a veteran of the 1863 Polish-Lithuanian uprising against the Russian Empire and of her daughter.

Могілкі польскіх жаўнераў, упалых у вайне супраць бальшавікаў (1919-21) ды ветэранкі Паўстаньня 1863 г. і яе дачкі.






Graves of Lithuanian soldiers who died in World War II.

Могілкі літоўскіх салдатаў, упалых у Другой сусьветнай вайне.


Photos of the Day for August 7, 2017

Return visit to Ashmjany and surroundings 2017.

See also photos of the day for November 8-17, 2016.

Зноў на Ашмяншчыну 2017 г.

Гл. таксама фотаздымкі дня 8-17 лістапада 2016 г.



Ashmjany Roman Catholic cemetery (I/II).  Quiet and overgrown, the Roman Catholic cemetery is tucked into the folds of a hill on the north side of the district center of Ashmjany.

Рыма-каталіцкі могілкі (I/II).



Churches of Belarus (part CCIX):  cemetery chapel.

Касьцёлы Беларусі (частка CCIX):  капліца.





Graves from the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries.









A school football field lies just beyond the cemetery.




Interesting and unusual surnames.

Цікавыя прозвішчы.





Photos of the Day for August 6, 2017

Baskets of garden produce, Tsjerablichy 2012, 2013.

Ураджай з агароду, Цераблічы 2012, 2013 гг.



Photo of the Day for August 5, 2017

Ripening apples.  Tsjerablichy 2013.

У чаканьні Яблычнага спаса.  Цераблічы 2013 г.



Photos of the Day for August 4, 2017

Portraits of Polesia.  Karotsichy 2017.

Партрэты Палесься.  Кароцічы 2017 г.




Photos of the Day for August 3, 2017

Portraits of Polesia.  Karotsichy 2017.

Партрэты Палесься.  Кароцічы 2017 г.




The man in the middle is a visitor to the patronal feast of St. Nicholas from Kobryn District, 140 miles (200 kilometers) to the west.

Спадар у сярэдзіні — паломнік з Кобрыншчыны.


Photos of the Day for August 2, 2017

Portraits of Polesia.  Karotsichy 2017.

Партрэты Палесься.  Кароцічы 2017 г.


Parishioners from Azdamichy attending the spring feast of St. Nicholas (Mikola) in Karotsichy.

Любімыя бабулечкі-прыхаджанкі з суседніх Аздаміч на прастольным сьвяце Міколы ў Кароцічах.


Parishioners from Karotsichy.

Гаспадынькі-прыхаджанкі з Кароціч.

Photos of the Day for August 1, 2017

Spring patronal feast of St. Nicholas (Mikola — May 22), part III/III:  procession and blessing of the church and parishioners with water.   Orthodox church of St. Nicholas, Karotsichy 2017.

Мікола вясновы (22 траўня), частка II/III:  хросны ход і асьвячэньне вадой.   Царква Сьвяціцеля Мікалая Цудатворца, Кароцычы 2017 г.