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13:32 21 July 2021

Zazhinki harvest rite in Belarus

Every year harvesting in Mogilev District (the agro-town of Polykovichi) starts with the Zazhinki rite. Women wearing traditional clothing come out in a field first. Using sickles they cut nine sheaves, bind them into one and decorate with ribbons and towels. Then they bring a loaf of bread, break a piece off it and put it inside to thank the field and the land for the harvest.

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