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.
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.
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.