Today Ukraine celebrates the Savior of the Apple Feast Day. This holiday is marked annually on August 19. It can be also called Apple Spas, Second Spas, Great Spas, and Holiday of First Fruit.
People believed that on this day all apples become healing. Also, all wishes made during the eating of the apple will come true, so they will be blessed in the church and a lot of the meals were made from them. Particularly, people usually baked the apples, apple pies, pancakes with apples, mushrooms and berries.
There is one more interesting belief concerning this day. People said that if the parents did not eat the apples for two weeks before the holiday the children will have the presents in the afterlife, including the paradise apples. Children whose parents ate the apples did not get the presents. Due to this, a lot of parents, especially those whose children passed away, considered the eating of the apple before the Second Spas as a great sin.
Also, this holiday was considered as first of the harvest festivals. People said that this day nature turned around from the summer to autumn and winter.