Today, September 15th, the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast
of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Khachveratz). At the end of the service, parishioners receive blessed basil,
which can be used in recipes.
|Photo from the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church|
Basil, also known as rahan, is a sweet-smelling plant with leaves that vary in size. On this feast day, basil is used to decorate the cross because according to tradition,”the True Cross was overgrown with aromatic
basil, which is used in the commemoration of the feast day today”.
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