Ukrainians celebrate Ivan Kupala Night
July 8, 2013, 1:57 p.m. |
A girl jumps over a campfire while celebrating Ivan Kupala Night, a traditional Slavic holiday, not far from Kyiv on July 6, 2013. During the celebration, originating in pagan times, people plait wreaths, jump over fires, and swim naked.
Leaping over bonfires. Scouring the dark woods in search of fern flowers. Delicately constructing a flower garland. These are all essential elements of Ivan Kupala Day, a folk and pagan holiday that celebrates the summer solstice. If you have not celebrated it, you haven’t seen Ukraine, and you have not discovered the pagan inside you.
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