Religious holiday of Makovey: traditions
Nowadays there are a large number of religious holidays. One of them, we will talk about today. Also consider what tradition are associated with it. In addition, will be discussed you can eat and what to cook that day. So, what is this holiday — Macovei? To most people he is familiar under another name. They know him as the Honey Spas. During this period, the pump apiaries honey is useful also already beginning to catch Mac. There is a perception that the holiday Makovey is a veritable feast of harvest. It might be that. And if you do decipher the word, a "holiday Mac". Because the word consists of two parts: "Mac" and "Wei".
Flowers and bouquets charms for home and family
What is so special different this kind of holiday Makovey? On this day all the people gathered bouquets of flowers asters, carnations, marigolds, herbs, cornflower, mint, wormwood and yarrow. People from different regions added their own plants and herbs. So there are bouquets of carrots, corn, peas, dill. Wreaths and added them to the candle. In each of these popular "masterpiece" the owner had invested hope in the harvest for the year and affluence in the house. But a mandatory attribute of this bouquet was Mac, his ripe head.
This bouquet was called a very gently — "makoveychuk". With these colors all the parishioners went to the Church service. There they consecrated the collected grass. Arriving home, a bunch of clean icon. This poppy was used for protection of their homes and cattle that live in the yard. It was believed that these seeds will be able to protect her newborn child from the "evil eye".
Therefore, scattered poppy seeds in front of their houses. Many believed that if you sprinkle seeds in a circle and stand in this "drawn" charm, you can get rid of all evil, and forever. All blessed herbs heal any disease, purified well water and return the family fortune to the house. Exactly a year Church feast of Maccabeus, when you're ready for a new bouquet, the old had to burn.
Also in the Church for the consecration carried the honey, a ritual dish – "szulik". This interesting baked goods consisted of cakes, broken into pieces, covered with water with honey and crushed poppy seeds.
Each hostess was preparing his special food that day. Who peck pies, donuts and cakes. But in any cooked dish, or added to the dough poppy seeds and honey. That's such an interesting tradition is.
In celebration Macovei particularly carefully treated water. Mid August you'll be always hot weather. Due to the dry summer could start mass diseases. Water was consecrated, believing that this ritual purify it. So there's another name for that feast, Water or Wet Saved. Tried to this day to dig a new well, Holy water prepared for sick, pregnant and children. In addition, it is sprinkled with stacks of hay and straw to the mouse passed it by, and not satisfied haycocks their nests. On this day in Byzantium, in the period of drought, the cross on which Jesus was crucified, purified water.
Why the feast of Maccabeus sacred plant is the poppy, it's understandable. But that's why the equivalent was treated in Russia to honey – is unclear. Probably because it is a very useful product of labor of bees. Before the honey was added to almost all dishes, they replaced with sugar, even used when cooking different meat dishes.
That serve at the feast?
But the holiday Makovey know and celebrated not only in Russia. In Georgia, Ukraine and Romania follow the Orthodox tradition and celebrate in their own way. In each house necessarily include porridge made of corn flour with honey and poppy. This dish was cut with a knife, as it was very thick. Drinks also contain honey and herbal tea.
So if mistress wants to surprise your loved ones original kitchen, keep in mind that this will be very useful August 14, holiday Makovey is a very special day. So you need to prepare tasty and healthy meals. Just want to give one piece of advice: before adding the poppy seeds in the dough, it must first be grind and soak in water. Juiciness and flavor provided.
Another explanation of the name
Orthodox Christians have their own explanation of the event, which is dedicated to the occasion. It is necessary to turn to the old Testament. Honor and remember the Holy martyrs, seven brothers of the Maccabees, who refused to accept the pagan faith and trust only in the True God. The brothers along with their mother Solomonia and teacher of Eleazar in the day was put to death. From this day on, people begin to adhere to a strict two-week Dormition fast. So the day August 14 is considered and celebrated as a Church holiday Makovey.
Nowadays it is one of the biggest events for Orthodox believers. All churches and temples necessarily render the life-giving Cross, and worship him, and ask to get rid of all diseases and forgive sins. On this day last bathed the horses and other cattle, while they themselves were bathed in rivers and lakes, to gain strength and health.
Szulik — tasty cakes for kids and adults
14 August — feast of the official. It pleases delicious pastries, especially the kids. Unusual szulik mentioned before, can be prepared and served to the table. The dough is lean and fresh. It is suitable for baking in the oven and for pan frying. Yeast dough is prepared in the following way. You will need one Cup of water, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, three tablespoons of vegetable oil, three cups of flour and 1 teaspoon yeast.
Need knead the dough. Roll out, cut into small pieces and send for roasting in the oven. This is only one part of the so-called harvesting. Now you need to prepare poppy seed sauce. Take 200 grams of poppy seeds. One glass of water and sugar. Mac pre-grind in a coffee grinder. All placed in a pot and bring to a boil. Then add the poppy seeds and 5 minutes then on slow fire. Baked blanks of dough to pour into the cooked sauce. That's all, the dish is ready. Now it can be safely served.
A small conclusion
Now you know when is the feast of Maccabeus. 14 Aug it happens. This holiday during the time Russia was one of the most "sweet". Welcoming hosts treated the guests, friends and relatives not only honey fresh collection. What Goodies did not come up women! After all, you need to eat plenty, then come post. Children and adults enjoy enjoyed poppy cakes, biscuits and gingerbread. To the table served the pancakes on the feast of Maccabeus. On 14 August in all the toppings for pies sprinkled poppy seeds. And in clay pots definitely served sweet honey of different varieties.