boekevat, noun

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, boek book + linking phoneme -e- + vat take (up).
The custom of family devotions, observed by protestant Afrikaners, usually in the evening. See also huisgodsdiens.
1970 E. Mundell Informant, Pearston (E. Cape)Very few people still practise boekevat (divine service at home).
1974 E. Prov. Herald 29 Aug. 16When I was a small boy on the farm in the Free State my father observed the old Boer custom of ‘boekevat’ performing religious devotions after the evening meal. The books of course, were the Bible and the hymn book.
1984 E. Platter in Fair Lady 18 Apr. 79Faith had always played an integral part in the..household, and there was boekevat every night.
1991 A. Van Wyk Birth of New Afrikaner 43We would not have gone to sleep without boekevat (family prayers), because my mother would have had her Bible ready for the ritual.
The custom of family devotions, observed by protestant Afrikaners, usually in the evening.

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