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Hot And Mysterious. Belarusians Celebrate Kupala Night With Wild Dances And Fire

When summer is in full swing, Belarusians celebrate Kupala Night or Kupalle, one of the oldest, hottest and mysterious folk holidays.

Celebrating the sun.

BelarusFeed looked through Instagram accounts of the Belarusians to catch a glimpse of authentic celebartions all around the country.

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Kupalle is celebrated during the night from 6 to 7 July, at the summer solstice when nights are the shortest.

In Belarus, where Kupala Night traditions survived virtually intact the holiday is celebrated very enthusiastically.

Young couples jump over the flames of bonfires, kids engage in water fights and perform various pranks.

Girls float wreaths of flowers on rivers and lakes to gain foresight of their future lovers and husbands.

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Men, on the other hand, may try to capture the wreaths, in the hope of catching the interest of the woman who floated the wreath.

The holiday is associated with numerous legends and myths. One of them is about the magical fern flower.

On that night, village folks are roaming through the forests trying to find the elusive fern flower.

The owner of the flower is believed to be endowed prosperity, luck, and power.