each February 3 the blessing of St. Blaise is given: two candles are consecrated, generally by a prayer, these are then held
in a crossed position by a priest over the heads of the faithful or the people are touched on the throat by them. At the same
time the following blessing is given: "Per intercessionem S. Blasii liberet to Deus a malo gutteris et a qouvis alio malo."
("May God at the intercession of St. Blaise preserve you from throat troubles and every other evil.")