Thursday, July 8, 2010

Pagan Summer holiday of Kupala in the Ukraine

For over a thousand years now after Christianity came to Eastern Europe the Ukrainian people continue to celebrate the Pagan Summer holiday of Kupala.  Here as a view of the festivities from the Kyiv Post

"...This is exactly the case with Ivana Kupala, the Ukrainian holiday celebrated after the summer solstice, usually on the night of July 6.

The name Kupala refers to the god of fruits of the earth. His holiday is considered to be one of the most magical ones in the Ukrainian calendar. Fortune-telling, jumping over cleansing fires and other mystical rituals have traditionally been part of it."  ...(Cont.)...