Korovai (Wedding Bread)

For Wedding celebrations, a large circular sweet bread, considered holy, is the most significant of all wedding breads. It is heavily decorated with symbolic ornaments shaped as pinecones (symbolizing fertility), doves, geese, or other symbols of peace, love, and faithfulness. After it is baked, it is then decorated with green periwinkle leaves.

Folklore says the making of Korovai was an important ritual in itself. It required a strict observance of age-old custom in which the number “seven” played an important part. It had to be made by seven young women selected from seven happily married couples. These seven women were required to draw water from seven different wells and to use flour from wheat that grew in seven different fields, Butter and eggs had to come from seven sources also.