Sunday, 15 February 2009
A busy weekend - yesterday was St Barbara's Day, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Barbara for who she was. (Today is Limpari, a festival of fire & the upcoming harvest; more pictures from it tomorrow.) We entered the lowest of Ushguli's 7 churches at midday; women had brought meat, and bread and wine or moonshine for the men to bless & pray for a good year for each family represented. That's what's happening in the top photo. Next, one of my young students kissing the door on the way in; moonshine & wine in their traditional vessels as the men get down to drinking; and a speech and toast are made.