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The aim of research: To find out all facts about holidays devoted to the apple in England and Russia and catch likeness and difference of two cultures. Tasks: To get acquainted with useful properties of apples and prove a popular saying “An apple a day keeps a doctor away”. To learn more about “Apple Day” in Great Britain and “Yablochniy Spas” in Russia and compare celebrations of two holidays. To make a conclusion. To activate and increase the vocabulary on the theme “Holidays”.
The Savior of the Apple Feast Day is observed on August 19. The holiday has a pre-Christian origin and is associated with harvesting of ripe fruits, especially apples. On that day, people offered each other apples, cooked jam, dried and soaked apples to store them, baked pies, commemorated the dead relatives. In the evening they left their houses to say “good bye” to summer.
According to the Gospels, the Son of God at the end of his life on earth told his three apostles that in order to save the human race, they must die on the cross and resurrected. To prove his words, he was transfigured before the apostles, his face lit from within by the divine light, and his clothes were white.
Superstitions associated with this holiday. It is believed that on August 19, apples are blessed with magical powers: stand to make a wish, eat an apple, and your wish will surely come true. According to the old superstition, till that day people don’t have to eat apples. It is also believed that the weather on that day will forecast the same weather for January, as at that time starts the first cold.
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