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Girls would float wreaths of flowers often lit with candles on rivers and would attempt to gain foresight into their relationship fortunes from the flow patterns of the flowers on the river. Men may attempt to capture the wreaths, in the hope of capturing the interest of the woman who floated the wreath.

Girls would float wreaths of flowers often lit with candles on rivers and would attempt to gain foresight into their relationship fortunes from the flow patterns of the flowers on the river. Men may attempt to capture the wreaths, in the hope of capturing the interest of the woman who floated the wreath.

+++Happy Easter! As We Celebrate Easter In Europe: European traditions Easter in Ukraine

+++Happy Easter! As We Celebrate Easter In Europe: European traditions Easter in Ukraine

A Belarussian in traditional clothing jumps over a fire while celebrating Ivan Kupala Night, a traditional Slavic holiday, marking midsummer, outside the town of Dobrush on June 24, 2010. During the celebration, originating in pagan times, people plait wreaths, jump over fires, and swim.

A Belarussian in traditional clothing jumps over a fire while celebrating Ivan Kupala Night, a traditional Slavic holiday, marking midsummer, outside the town of Dobrush on June 24, 2010. During the celebration, originating in pagan times, people plait wreaths, jump over fires, and swim.

Ukraine! I love the colors and the composition and angle (and of course the wee girl:)

Ukraine! I love the colors and the composition and angle (and of course the wee girl:)

Kupala Night in Russia  Every year Russia celebrates the oldest Slavic holiday, the Kupala Night. This celebration has its roots in paganism and relates to the summer solstice. On June 23-24, the Kaluga region once again revived the ancient pagan rituals of their Slavic ancestors, dancing in circles, singing special ritual songs, cooking traditional meals, jumping over bonfires and floating wreaths of flowers on the water.

Kupala Night in Russia Every year Russia celebrates the oldest Slavic holiday, the Kupala Night. This celebration has its roots in paganism and relates to the summer solstice. On June 23-24, the Kaluga region once again revived the ancient pagan rituals of their Slavic ancestors, dancing in circles, singing special ritual songs, cooking traditional meals, jumping over bonfires and floating wreaths of flowers on the water.

Ivan Kupala Day (Midsummer) Kupala Night, also known as Ivan Kupala Day. It is celebrated on the night of 23/24 June. Calendar-wise, it is opposite to the winter holiday Koliada. The celebration relates to the summer solstice when nights are the shortest and includes a number of Slavic rituals.

Ivan Kupala Day (Midsummer) Kupala Night, also known as Ivan Kupala Day. It is celebrated on the night of 23/24 June. Calendar-wise, it is opposite to the winter holiday Koliada. The celebration relates to the summer solstice when nights are the shortest and includes a number of Slavic rituals.

Photo by Anna Senik, http://www.ladna-kobieta.co...Ukraine, from Iryna

Photo by Anna Senik, http://www.ladna-kobieta.co...Ukraine, from Iryna

Праздник Ивана Купалы: мифы, поверья и традиции

Праздник Ивана Купалы: мифы, поверья и традиции

Праздник Ивана Купала, национальные костюмы, фотограф Фролов Дмитрий

Праздник Ивана Купала, национальные костюмы, фотограф Фролов Дмитрий

Belarus. Midsummer Magic | For many centuries the night of 6 July has been celebrated in Belarus (and some other neighbouring countries) as the Midsummer Night, or the night of Ivan Kupala.

Belarus. Midsummer Magic | For many centuries the night of 6 July has been celebrated in Belarus (and some other neighbouring countries) as the Midsummer Night, or the night of Ivan Kupala.

В ніч на Івана Купала~On the night of Midsummer (Ivan Kupala Day in Ukraine)

В ніч на Івана Купала~On the night of Midsummer (Ivan Kupala Day in Ukraine)

Wearing vyshyvanka dresses, Ukrainian girls float wreathes on July 6, Ivana Kupala Day.

Wearing vyshyvanka dresses, Ukrainian girls float wreathes on July 6, Ivana Kupala Day.