Grapes and the Transfiguration of Jesus
An old biblical Gospel tells that, when summer catches up with the autumn, the days become increasingly shorter and the winds turns into whiffle, this is a sign that the Transfiguration of Jesus starts: “Jesus was transfigured before them; his face shining as the sun, and his garments became white as the light.” (Matthew – 17:2).
In the Greek mythology, this celebration was called Metamorphosis and coincided with the change of grape’s color or their ripening. The most important alms gift is the fruits, particularly the grapes.
Nowadays, Moldovans celebrate the Transfiguration of Jesus on August 19. On this day, the fruit, especially grapes, are taken to the church to be consecrated. On this day, the church authority gives dispensation to eat apples, pears and grapes. There is a belief that whoever eats grapes before the feast of the Transfiguration “curse their guts”.