Monday, March 12, 2012

Michink - Median Day of Lent

If you take a look at an Armenian Church calendar, you’ll see that this Wednesday, March 14th is the ‘Median Day of Lent’, mid-Lent, or Michink. To be honest, I wasn’t aware that there was any significance attached to mid-Lent until I received a flyer in the mail from St. David Armenian Church (Boca Raton, FL) announcing a Mid-Lent (Michink) pot-luck dinner. Our ever-active Women’s Guild is hosting the dinner (7:00 PM) followed by a Rest Service (8:00PM) in the church.

What is Mid-Lent – Michink?  I began to wonder.
  • 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.
Michink pastry preparation
Michink pastries
 For a more in-depth account of Michink, please click here.


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  1. Good Morning - I was hoping you have a recipe for Tahn Hatz to share. The only recipe I have is for massive amounts for Bake Sale purposes. I'm not good at breaking down the amounts to make a dozen or two.Any information would be appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Hi there! Do you mean 'tahin' bread? If so, I can help. I'll send it to you if can provide me with an email address. Please contact me - Thanks!

  2. I'm assuming the Tahn Hatz is the Michink pastry? I would love that recipe too!

  3. If tahn hatz is tahin hatz, I'll do a posting of the recipe soon.

  4. Hi darling. Can I get the recipe pleas?liza

    1. Try these recipes: