Ukrainians celebrate Ivan Kupala Night

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July 8, 2013, 1:57 p.m. | Photo — by Agence France-Presse
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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.

Agence France-Presse

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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