The Solntsevorot (The winter solistice). Canvas, acrylics.
Literallytranslated as “Turn of the Sun” this holiday was celebrated at the shortest dayof the year. After that date the days became longer and colder. “The Sun turnsto the summer, the winter turns to the frost,” ancient Russian people told.
On the shortest night of the year the evil master of thewinter and frosts Karachun with his servants, bears and wolves, came very closeto the people’s world. To chase the dark forces away, people rolled the burningwheels down the streets and made bonfires.
Also tocelebrate this day, people made a special ritual porridge with pieces of driedfruit and honey (a symbol of the Sun) and baked a round bread, that was put onstraw (a symbol of prosperity). After the celebration the bread was dividedamong the members of family; the last piece of it was considered magical.