|Mid Lent Fortune Bread|
Lent, also known as Michink:
- Michink falls on a Wednesday.
- It is not a feast day.
- The same Wednesday Lenten services are
performed on this day.
- Michink is celebrated during the middle of
lent to encourage people to persevere until the end of lent.
- During this celebration, women would insert a
coin into a pastry (gata or pagharch) and whoever receives the slice (of
pastry) with the coin in it would receive good luck.
- A special sandwich, Michink Koutap, is also prepared on this day.
According to the Consulate General of Armenia in Los
Angeles, “a variety of special foods are prepared in Armenian homes for Michink
– such as unleavened breads, called “Bagharj,” and a kind of sandwich called “Koutap” that is filled with
a mixture of boiled green beans, broad beans, and other vegetables. It is
the custom to hide a metal coin or special object in both the Bagharj bread and the
oil, and small lumps of egg-sized dough may be flattened, enclosed around the
filling, then baked. Before sealing the dough, a colorful bead or a coin would be hidden in one of
the sandwiches, thus identifying the year’s lucky person.