Žolinė (literally - herbal day) is a Baltic feast celebrated on the 15th of August in honor of Lada - goddess of fertility, harvest, never ending earth energy. People bring harvest sacrifices to the goddess: various grain, vegetables and fruit. Until the 15th no one can eat anything of the new harvest before it is blessed by the goddess. Especially, women whose children passed away. They cannot eat apples until Žolinė otherwise Lada will not feed their dead children.
Various herbs picked specially for Žolinė are blessed. Traditionally, the first loaf of bread made of grain from the new harvest is sacrificed to Lada and Lela, Lada’s daughter, too.