Belorussian youngsters celebrated the festival of Ivan Kupala, a traditional Belorussian one mixed with the ancient Pagan Slavic festival of the Summer solstice and birth of John the Baptist. Dobrush, Belarus. 24/06/2010. (images taken 23-24/06/2010)
Belorussian youngsters celebrated the fest of Ivan Kupala, a traditional Belorussian one mixed with ancient Pagan Slavic fest of the Summer solstice and the day of birth of John the Baptist. This fest is usually celebrated on June 22 or 23 or July 6 (accorded to Julian calendar).
Traditionally, village youngsters made wreaths, light fires and jumped over them which meant cleansing from sins. Young men and girls tried to find a fern flower that blossomed this night only. Those who had found it got magic abilities. Girls put their wreaths with candles on a river water and those men who would get them would become their suitors.