Orthodox Belarusians celebrate Savior of the Apple Feast Day August 19

Orthodox Belarusians celebrate Savior of the Apple Feast Day August 19

The first harvest of apples is being consecrated today on August 19 all over Belarus. Orthodox believers celebrate "The Transfiguration of the Lord." This holiday, one of the major for Christians, is associated with the events described in the Gospel, when Jesus Christ on Mount Tabor revealed to his disciples, Peter, John and Jacob, his divine essence.

The first written information about the celebration of Transfiguration date back to the 4th-5th centuries AD, when Christianity became the state religion in the Roman Empire.

Archpriest Igor, head of the church of the Archangel Michael Gomel:
This is one of the most important holidays of the Orthodox Church. On this day we remember events that occurred to the Lord and his disciples when he revealed to his disciples his divine glory. We are now collecting the first harvest of apples and pears. And before we eat these fruits, we always ask the Lord to bless and to accept His work.

In Belarus, this holiday got a second name - Savior of the Apple Feast Day (in Russian: Yablochnyi Spas). This day Belarusians consecrate fruits: traditionally, people go to churches with apples, pears, and grapes.