Kupala-Night

Kupala Night (21/22 June) - Slavic Celebration of  summer solstice

Girls may 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. (via Wikipedia)

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Kupala Night (21/22 June) - Slavic Celebration of  summer solstice.

Girls may 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. (via Wikipedia)

Kupala night is a pagan holiday of the summer solstice that is still some people celebrate in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Poland and the Baltic countires. Kupala is the god of fertility.
Wreath is a mandatory ritual element of the celebration. Wreaths are usually done before the start of the celebration around the bonfire.
They usually destroyed at the and of the day: they burned at the bonfire or thrown into the water. The longer a wreath floats, the happier the owner will be and the longer life they will have. If a girl’s wreath did not drown and swam to the other side, it means that she will soon be married (it’s your chance, Belarus :))

Kupala Night - old Slavic celebration. It relates to summer solstice. Many of the rites related to this holiday within Slavic religious beliefs, due to the ancient Kupala rites, are connected with the role of water in fertility and ritual purification. On Kupala day, young people jump over the flames of bonfires in a ritual test of bravery and faith. The failure of a couple in love to complete the jump while holding hands is a sign of their destined separation. Girls may 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.

Kupala Night is celebrated in Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and Russia currently on the night of 6/7 July. The celebration relates to the summer solstice when nights are the shortest and includes a number of Pagan rituals.

The holiday was originally Kupala - a pagan fertility rite later accepted into the Orthodox Christian calendar. Due to the popularity of the pagan celebration with time it was simply accepted and reestablished as one of the native Christian traditions intertwined with local folklore.

On Kupala day, youth jump over the flames of bonfires in a ritual testing of one’s bravery and faith.