On March 22, we have a good time Zhavoronki. This vacation isn’t that extensively identified in city areas as of late, however some would possibly recollect it from their childhood – for instance, my grandmother at all times celebrated it by baking bird-shaped buns. Why? As a result of Zhavoronki (Жаворонки) stands for larks!
This custom, identical to or , dates again to pagan occasions however was in some unspecified time in the future reinvented by the Christian church. On today, early Slavic peoples celebrated the top of winter and the approaching of the long-awaited spring. It occurred on the day of the spring equinox, which has at all times been an necessary day for pagans. They believed that larks are the primary birds to return from hotter lands the place they’d spent the winter. Subsequently, they symbolize that spring is lastly right here. To greet it, they baked bird-shaped buns and sang particular verses. This little track was recorded in 1903, however nonetheless in all probability conveys the identical concepts:
Christians, however, don’t have a good time equinoxes, so that they gave this custom a brand new which means and now Zhavoronki is related to that had been killed for his or her religion. That’s the place one other title of this vacation, Soroki, comes from – not from soroka (сорока – magpie) however from sorok (сорок – forty). The custom of baking bird-shaped buns stays however symbolizes the souls of those martyrs. Nonetheless, I’d say that within the minds of most individuals it’s nonetheless related to spring.