The Apple Feast of the Saviour (sometimes the Feast of the Saviour on the Hill)is an Eastern Slavic folk name for the Feast of the Transfiguration, which is observed on August 19.
It is the second of the three Feasts of the Saviour. The others are the Honey Feast of the Saviour, which is celebrated on August 14 (or August 1, Julian Calendar) and the Nut Feast of the Saviour, which is celebrated on August 29 (or August 16, Julian Calendar). The holiday has a pre-Christian origin and is associated with harvesting of ripe fruits, especially apples. In the Byzantine Empire there was tradition to bless harvested grapes during the Feast of Transfiguration. In Russia, apples are more common than grapes, hence the name of the feast. There are processions and blessings of harvests. Usually, on that day, people from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus eat apples, apple pies, or other dishes containing apples, even if they are not Orthodox Christians.
In older times this holiday was celebrated by Slavs on August 6 however now on 19 August. Pagan Slavs used the first harvest of apples and all sorts of vegetables as a sacrifice to the Pagan Slavic Gods, and performed a special ritual blessing of the harvest and offering to the motherland.
Prior to the Feast in the old days no one ate the apples, as it was thought, one version was that apples are not yet beneficial and children will not get goodies if one of the parents will eat an apple ahead of time. The most common rituals in the Apple Spas are ceremonies that focus on to attracting financial prosperity, love, rejuvenation ritual, purify of the house and others.
For example, the ritual cleansing at home or on the ritual cleansing of negative energy in the house are advised to carry out in this way: In celebration of Apple Feast one needed to take the usual apple, cut in half by removing one of the core halves. Then candle wax would then be used to carefully pour it into the half that does not have a core, then cover with the other half of the apple and firmly fasten thread. To finalize the rite of purification, person should take that apple out and bury it away from his home.