The Savior of the Apple Feast Day, also called Apple Spas, is an Eastern Slavic Orthodox holiday of folk origin, which is observed on August 19, falling on the Feast of the Transfiguration.
Traditionally this day is celebrated with worship\ping in churches, and people bring fruit – not only apples, but also pears and grapes – for blessing, carrying them in traditional baskets.
The holiday has a pre-Christian origin and is associated with harvesting of ripe fruits, especially apples. Then it became an Orthodox holiday. Usually, on that day, people eat apples, apple pies, or other dishes containing apples, even if they are not Orthodox Christians.
The apples on this day are believed to have special qualities.
Apple Spas the most important of the three Saviour (Spas) days. The others are: honey savior, on August 14 (or August 1, Julian Calendar); and nut savior on August 29 (or August 16, Julian Calendar).