Ancient Feast of the Winter Solstice

The day of the Winter Solstice in 2022 is December 21 or 22, (depending on the time zone in which you live). Traditionally, in ancient times, the rebirth of the Sun was celebrated on the Winter Solstice. The old pagan customs of the Winter Solstice included the tradition of placing cakes on the branches of old trees, pouring homemade sweet drinks on the trees as a gift. This was done as a sign of gratitude that in the coming seasons people will get a good harvest. With the advent of Christianity, the winter solstice began to be celebrated at the beginning of the winter Christmas season. [The day of the winter solstice is a celebration of the rebirth of the Sun.] Now in Slavic folklore, in honor of the winter solstice, they would bake bread and cakes and many parties were organized for young people, where everyone gathered at the table, gave each other gifts, ate, sang songs and prayed to the higher power for a good harvest next year. Meat dishes were an indispensable part of the feast. Our ancestors were convinced that on the day of the winter solstice many wishes can be fulfilled and fate can radically change. The winter solstice is an excellent day for preparing symbolic treats before Christmas and New Year’s holidays. One of the excellent ideas is sweet winter bread with almonds.
Sweet winter bread with almonds


Sweet winter bread with almonds required ingredients: eight eggs, 250 g /1 cup of sugar, 250 g /1 cup of dried almonds, 200 g of raisins, 250 g /1 cup of flour.
Preparation:
Beat 8 egg yolks well with sugar, then add raisins, toasted, chopped almonds, flour and, finally, beaten egg whites. Mix everything lightly and transfer to a well-greased, narrow and long baking dish. Bake in an oven heated to 200 degrees Celsius or 380 degrees Fahrenheit for about 50 to 60 minutes.

Prepared on the basis of materials from open sources

image: Оксана Архипова. Рождественские колядки. 2011. Фотография: arhipova-art.com

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