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orthodoxwayoflife:    Belarusians place candles in the river while celebrating Ivan Kupala, the feast of St. John the Baptist, a traditional Slavic orthodox holiday celebrating the summer solstice, 270 kilometers south from Minsk in Turov early on July 7, 2010.  AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV (Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)  Photo by On Being

orthodoxwayoflife: Belarusians place candles in the river while celebrating Ivan Kupala, the feast of St. John the Baptist, a traditional Slavic orthodox holiday celebrating the summer solstice, 270 kilometers south from Minsk in Turov early on July 7, 2010. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV (Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images) Photo by On Being

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.

Sobótki - Slavic summer solstice celebrations in Poland. Photos taken by Paweł Rotmański for the “Powiśle” Ensemble.

Sobótki - Slavic summer solstice celebrations in Poland. Photos taken by Paweł Rotmański for the “Powiśle” Ensemble.

Celebrating Together :: Summer Solstice Traditions

Celebrating Together :: Summer Solstice Traditions

Kupala Flowers

Kupala Flowers

Ivan Kupala

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)

Kult wody u Słowian

Kult wody u Słowian

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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. The holiday, which merges the cele…

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. The holiday, which merges the cele…

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