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Kupala Night was the Pagan Slavic feast of fire and water connected to summer solstice. It was also the feast of love, fertility, sun and moon. Celebrated on the shortest night in the year 21-22 of June. That night, meadows and glades shone from burned bonfires. People gathered around them joyfully singing and dancing, burning the aromatic herbs. Girls would float wreaths of magic herbs lit with torch on rivers in the hope that their beloved will capture it. Then they used to jump in pairs over the flames of bonfires with wormwood tied around their bodies to gain a good luck for the next year. When the moon was rising the people roam through the forests in search of fern flower that was believed to bloom only this one night and befall prosperity, luck and wisdom on whoever finds it.
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