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« on: May 06, 2007, 09:47:59 PM »

Are you aware of specific traditions or traditional foods for either the Feast Day of the Ascension or  for Pentecost? I know we do the three kneeling prayers on Pentecost and take the Shoud off the Altar on Acennsion Day. Anything else in your tradition or jursidiction?

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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2007, 11:23:07 PM »

For Ascension, our custom is poultry and also the first fruits (harder to do the latter sometimes - takes some local knowledge.)

For Pentecost, we have a feast that should feature a Whitsun ale (Spring ale) and cheese.

We also have Rogation days as well in the WRITE  - right before Ascension, that features Ganging Beer and Rammalation Biscuits.

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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2007, 03:02:41 AM »

It is a very old tradition in the western and north-western parts of Romania to have a large procession to the fields on the Feast of Pentecost (Rusalii) with the Cross and the banners; the procession starts right after the conclusion of the Kneeling-Vespers from the church and ends at some wayside Cross in the fields, where the little blessing of the waters is held, prayers for good weather are offered, the crops are sprinkled with holy waters and the prayer of St. Tryphon is read against all sorts of pests that could bother the crops.
I suppose that this is something very similar to the Rogation Days of the Latins and is probably due to our living in their proximity for centuries.
On the Ascension Thursday many go to the cemeteries where a panahida or parastas is served.
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2007, 01:54:55 AM »

It's also the custom in Romania, on the feast of Pentecost, to have the church all decked with green branches of oak tree or linden tree and have a good layer of freshly cut grass on the floor, as well. The vestments worn on this feast are normally green.
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