The Christians of the byzantine rite (Orthodox Christians and Greek-Catholics) celebrate the Feast of the Holy Protection or the Holy Protection of Mother of God on October 14.
According to the legend, on this day the army of Rus' people headed by Askold besieged Constantinople. The residents of the city started to pray to the Holy Mother asking for salvation. And the Holy Mother appeared before people and covered them with her cloth (Pokrova) and the enemy could not see these people anymore.
Another version says that it was the vision of Andrew of Constantinople during the siege of Constantinople by the Hagarenes’ army.
The Holy Mother appeared before people in the shrine and took them under her protection – the veil. After that, the enemy retreated.
By the start of October, all the major farmer works are over and it is the best time for weddings and parties.
It is said that veil “covers the earth with either leaves or snow.”
On this day, the believers pray to the Holy Mother for health, protection and help.
It is common to help the poor, orphans, and funk houses with burning twigs of apple or cherry tree. It is believed to bring luck and prosperity.
Since 1999, the Day of Ukrainian Cossacks is also marked on this day.