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« on: April 29, 2004, 04:11:44 PM »

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I have heard that diferent traditions hold varying meal traditions in assosciation with St John the Forerunner Feastdays.

I am aware that in the Middle East locusts cooked in butter or oil  and dishes with honey are served.  Do you know of any other traditions surround these meals, how they are served, and what they are eaten with?

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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2004, 05:34:04 PM »

Indeed, He is risen!

Nothing eaten from a plate/platter, nothing eaten in the shape of a head (apples, cabbage, etc), recently I also heard no cutting with a knife.

These are some customs kept by Carpatho-Russians on the feast of his beheading.

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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2004, 05:31:44 AM »

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On my birthday, August 29, it is a strict fast with no cooked food, no wine and no oil. Basically we eat fruit, salad and nuts. The Greek church takes my birthday very seriously Cheesy.

The Greek church also understands "+¦+¦-ü+»+¦+¦-é" to mean "young shoots". It also means "locusts" but we understang the Gospels to be using the former meaning and not the latter Smiley.

<edit> For those who don't understand, "+¦+¦-ü+»+¦+¦-é" are one of the foods eaten by John the Forerunner.

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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2004, 08:42:53 AM »

I wonder if cicadas would count as "locusts"?  We're supposed to have them up to the eyeballs within the next few weeks, so if they do, does anyone want me to freeze some and send them to you? <grin>  

The Post actually had an article about people looking forward to cooking and eating the 17-year cicadas recently.  One man froze in 1987 and had a few left... I wonder if insects get freezer-burn.


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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2004, 08:48:55 AM »

The Greek church also understands "+¦+¦-ü+»+¦+¦-é" to mean "young shoots". It also means "locusts" but we understang the Gospels to be using the former meaning and not the latter .

That is a relief!!!
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