Elijah’s Day in Tashkenitsa Village

This is a beautiful rural festival, abounding in humour, fun, games, and treats. Nobody worked on this day, and people tried to dry hay and gather it in stacks.It is believed that Elijah offers protection from harm and the evil eye, so the villagers give to their guests talisman pins. This day is celebrated with much noise, dances, a chastushki competition for ladies, and a competition for the best Elijah the Thunderer for men. The festival also includes a fair, tea from the samovar, and a beautiful closure. The symbol of the Prophet Elijah is bread baked from newly harvested corn. Each guest takes a piece from the freshly baked loaf. This is a sign of mutual help, kindness, and fairness — everyone receives an equal piece of bread.