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Ivan kupala day

Category: Holidays in Ukraine - Date: (10-11-2014, 22:44)
Ivan kupala day

      Most interesting holiday of pre-Christian celebrations is Kupalo or Kupaylo. Mostly young people celebrate Ivan Kupala day. This holiday is connected with the birth of John the Baptist and it is celebrated by church on July 7 (and June 24 in the old calendar).

      Holiday Kupalo happened just at the time when the sun came up to the highest raised above the ground - the summer solstice, gave the most heat and light, manifests its miraculous power to plant and animal life and to humans. All vegetation reaches its climax, everything grew rapidly, flourished, multiplied, rejoiced life.

      Ivan Kupala night or Kupalska night is a magical night. On this night both happiness and the dark forces of evil walk on the earth. At night during Midsummer the masters of the houses in the village were asleep, because evil forces could cause harm in the economy.

      In midsummer night field and forest herbs are gaining exceptional magical quality, great therapeutic effect. Young girls collect herbs for love potions.

      Ivan Kupala in Ukraine: this pagan holiday symbolizes the birth of the summer sun - Midsummer and thus completes the domination of the spring sun - Yarilo. Midsummer is called the God of fertility and symbolizes man's beginning. Often pairs go into the woods who wish to look for a fern flower. Someone is trying to find treasures with it help, and someone finds happiness - love.

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