On Tuesday Orthodox Ukrainians celebrate Spas (Transfiguration)

12:48, 19 August 2008
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Ukrainians traditionally sanctify apples on this day

On Tuesday, August 19, Orthodox Ukrainians celebrate the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ.

It is one of 12 the biggest Christian holidays. In Ukraine it is called Yabluchny [Apple] Spas.

On August 19, Ukrainians traditionally sanctify apples and other fruits of the new harvest.

According to the Bible, on this day the change in the appearance of Christ took place before three disciples (Matthew 17:1-9).

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