During the shortest night of the year, from June 20 to 21, a celebration of the traditional Belarusian Kupalle took place in two places in the Vitebsk region.
The peculiarity of the local Kupalle or Kupala Night there is the authenticity of the rite. Even the clothes – the same their ancestors wore hundreds of years ago – the participants of the celebration sew themselves.
While the guys are collecting a bonfire, the girls set the table and weave wreaths. After sunset they start a fire in the old-fashione way – using a firesteel and tinder. Young men and women dance, perform merry round dances, sing ritual songs.
The final chords of the shortest night of the year take place at dawn – they jump over a fire as a symbolic cleansing by fire, then swim in the river and launch flower wreaths. To know more about one of the most mysterious and beautiful rites of ancient Belarus, read our text on how one can celebrate it in three original ways.
About 40 enthusiasts gathered at one of the lakes in the Ushachsky district to engage in an ancient rite. At about the same time, lovers of traditional Belarusian culture met at the confluence of the rivers Drissa and Nischa Kupalye near the village of Kulnevo on the border of the Rossonsky and Polotsk regions.
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