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Saviours of the Apple Feast Day – August 19, 2023

Savior of the Apple Feast Day is observed annually on August 19. One of the three holidays in Russian Orthodox Christianity when food is consecrated in the church and then consumed by the faithful, it’s similar to the first fruits of Judaism. Others are the Honey Feast of the Savior on August 14 and the Nut Feast of the Savior on August 29. The holiday is of pre-Christian origin and is associated with the collection of ripe fruit, especially apples. Usually, on this day, people eat apples, apple pies, or other dishes with apples, even if they are not Orthodox.

History of Saviours of the Apple Feast Day

Three Saviors, or Spas, are celebrated in Russia: Honey, Apple, and Nut. Savior of the Apple Feast Day is on August 19. August 19 is considered by Orthodox Christians as the day of earthly gifts. Traditionally on this day, people celebrate the harvest festival. It was believed that, on this day, the season begins to change, and autumn comes. The nights after Apple Spas become colder. There is even a Russian saying: “Apple Savior — summer is gone from us.”

According to the Christian calendar, the holiday is called the Transfiguration of Jesus. It is one of the 12 major Orthodox holidays. It is based on the events of the Gospel story. It was on this day that the three apostles of Christ saw him in his divine majesty, which strengthened their faith. On this day, the fruits of the new harvest, honey, and grain ears were blessed in churches. The blessed ears and seeds were kept until the next sowing.

The Eastern Slavs had a belief that, in the next world, the children whose parents did not eat apples on this day would receive gifts (among them were paradise apples), but not the children whose parents did.

Saviours of the Apple Feast Day timeline

4th Century
Transfiguration Of Jesus

Churches in Armenia and Cappadocia start celebrating the holiday.

1844
The Orthodox Greek Convent

Archimandrite Irinarch founds the Orthodox Greek Convent of the Transfiguration of Jesus.

1862
Consecration Of The Church Of The Transfiguration

Patriarch Kirill of Jerusalem consecrates the Church of the Transfiguration, located on the territory of the convent, on the day of the Transfiguration of Jesus.

Early 20th Century
The Franciscan Male Catholic Convent

The convent is famous for the Basilica of the Transfiguration of Jesus, designed by Antonio Barluzzi.

Saviours of the Apple Feast Day FAQs

Where is Savior of the Apple Feast Day observed?

The Savior of the Apple Feast Day is observed in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.

Is this holiday celebrated by Catholics?

Rarely. This holiday is mostly celebrated by Orthodox Christians.

What is the importance of the Feast of the Transfiguration?

The holiday celebrates the revelation of the eternal glory of the Second Person of the Trinity, which was usually veiled during Christ’s life on earth.

How to Observe Saviours of the Apple Feast Day

  1. Go to church

    The Savior of the Apple Feast Day is impossible to imagine without blessed apples. On this day, it is the main delicacy on the table. So do not hesitate and go to church to consecrate apples and other fruits.

  2. Bake a pie

    On the day, people bake apples, pies, and pancakes with apples, mushrooms, and berries. In folk traditions, pies were made from lean dough. Do not forget to treat family, as well as the needy.

  3. Meet the sunset

    On this day, Russian people said goodbye to the sunset in the field with song. As soon as the sun touched the horizon, they stopped talking and started singing. Join this unusual tradition and sing along!

5 Facts About Russia That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. The world’s longest railway is here

    The total length of the Trans-Siberian Railway is 5,772 miles, and it even connects with China and Mongolia.

  2. It’s home to famous literature

    Some of the best and most respected writers have been from Russia, such as Alexander Pushkin, Ivan Turgenev, and Fyodor Dostoevsky.

  3. It has 12 active volcanoes

    Of these volcanoes, Kamchatka is one of the most visited due to its affordable location.

  4. The world’s coldest village is here

    During winters in Oymyakon, the average temperature is -58 degrees Fahrenheit.

  5. There are 11 time zones

    However, even with 11 time zones, Russia is still not the country with the most number of time zones.

Why Saviours of the Apple Feast Day is Important

  1. It has a special meaning

    Savior of the Apple Feast Day means the oncoming autumn and the transformation of nature. This is very important for the harvest.

  2. There are apples

    Everyone loves apples, and on this day, people can fully enjoy this delicious fruit, blessed by Jesus. They bake as many apple pies as they want.

  3. It’s a day to commemorate the appearance of Jesus

    This holiday has a religious significance. It aims to honor the day when Jesus Christ appeared before the disciples in all his divine glory.

Saviours of the Apple Feast Day dates

YearDateDay
2023August 19Saturday
2024August 19Monday
2025August 19Tuesday
2026August 19Wednesday
2027August 19Thursday

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