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Ivan Kupala Night, time to light cleansing fires

Ivan Kupala Day (or Ivanov Day) is a popular pagan holiday that is celebrated in Russia, Belarus, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine during days of the summer solstice.
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Ivan Kupala Day (or Ivanov Day) is a popular pagan holiday that is celebrated in Russia, Belarus, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine during days of the summer solstice.
Ivanov Day is full of different ceremonies and rites connected with water, fire and herbs.

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Ivanov Day is full of different ceremonies and rites connected with water, fire and herbs.
On this holiday, as people say, water can become a “friend” to fire, and this union is supposed to be a natural power.

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On this holiday, as people say, water can become a “friend” to fire, and this union is supposed to be a natural power.
The main feature of Ivan Kupala Night was the cleansing bonfire. People used to dance around bonfires and jump over them: The one who jumped the highest bonfire was considered to be the happiest person.

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The main feature of Ivan Kupala Night was the cleansing bonfire. People used to dance around bonfires and jump over them: The one who jumped the highest bonfire was considered to be the happiest person.
In some regions, people led their cattle through these bonfires to protect them from diseases. Mothers burned the clothes of their ill children, to burn the illnesses away as well.

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In some regions, people led their cattle through these bonfires to protect them from diseases. Mothers burned the clothes of their ill children, to burn the illnesses away as well.
Peasants believed that, on Ivan Kupala Night (the shortest night of the year) they should not sleep, because all the evil spirits were awakened – witches, werewolves, mermaids, snakes, warlocks, mermen and woodland spirits.

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Peasants believed that, on Ivan Kupala Night (the shortest night of the year) they should not sleep, because all the evil spirits were awakened – witches, werewolves, mermaids, snakes, warlocks, mermen and woodland spirits.
In the floral world, fern was connected to legends about treasure. Thanks to the fern flowers, which blossom for only several moments at midnight on Ivan Kupala Day, all the buried treasures could be seen, no matter how deep they were in the ground.

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In the floral world, fern was connected to legends about treasure. Thanks to the fern flowers, which blossom for only several moments at midnight on Ivan Kupala Day, all the buried treasures could be seen, no matter how deep they were in the ground.
In pre-Revolutionary Russia, Ivan Kupala Day was the most important holiday of the year. Practically everyone took part in this feast. It was also essential for each person to be an active participant in all the ceremonies and rites.

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In pre-Revolutionary Russia, Ivan Kupala Day was the most important holiday of the year. Practically everyone took part in this feast. It was also essential for each person to be an active participant in all the ceremonies and rites.
July 8, 2013
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