When summer is in full swing, Belarus celebrates Kupala Night (or Kupalle), one of the oldest folk holidays dedicated to the sun and efflorescence. Many nations across the globe have holidays related to the summer solstice: St. John Day in Western Europe, Jani (or Ligo) in Latvia, Ivan Kupala in eastern Slavic countries. However, it is Belarus where Kupala Night traditions have survived virtually intact and where this holiday is celebrated very enthusiastically.
In Ecological information center on Lake Svityaz «Visiting 12 months» young and adult visitors were able to participate in a theatrical game program «In search of a fern flower”, shoot arrows and take part in thematic competitions.
Many people gathered by the lake of the town Park in the evening. One of the main moments of the holiday is putting out Kupala bonfire. Of course, there were songs, dances, contests and entertainment. The celebration ended with floating down Kupala wreaths in the water.
By Anastasia Petrova
Translated by Helen Chal