A sign was pressed on the longish load with one’s fingers or side of palm. Most often it was a cross, inclined cross or lines.
A nice note was from Lutrini about Kurzeme crossing cross – sign of Mara. First, the usual cross is pressed on the loaf with the side of palm. When pressing the first line, one says – May it not burn, when crossing the second – May it not remain raw, then all four are crossed with a finger and it is said – There will be enough for poor! There will be enough for the ones on the way! There will be bread for kids! There will be enough for ourselves!
Women in Vidzeme have drawn also a pine needle or ear and it was called a fire sign. The inclined cross drawn with four fingers is original.
People in Zemgale have like the simple inclined cross.
In Latgale – a cross.
During the Christmas, the festive loafs were blessed by drawing a sun sign or eight-line cross one them. Notches were pressed on the side so that the bread doesn’t crack when baking.