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

Kupala Night is celebrated in Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and Russia currently on…

Summer solstice festival lights up  The traditional summer solstice festival in Turov, Belarus lights up the night sky.

Summer solstice festival lights up The traditional summer solstice festival in Turov, Belarus lights up the night sky.

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…

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Many pagan festivals happen on Midsummer& Eve and Missummer& Day in Europe including Jāņi, Noc Świętojańska and Chester Midsummer Watch Festival

Belarusian girls celebrating Ivan Kupala Night, a traditional Slavic holiday, 270kms south of Minsk in Turov on July

Belarusian girls celebrating Ivan Kupala Night, a traditional Slavic holiday, south of Minsk in Turov on July

Belarusian people dance as they take part in the Ivan Kupala festival near the town of Rakov, west of Minsk June 27, 2015. (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

Belarusian people dance as they take part in the Ivan Kupala festival near the town of Rakov, west of Minsk June (Photo by Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters)

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