Siberian Summer-coinwatch

Travel-and-Leisure Siberian summer has begun! Summer has officially arrived and now its time to celebrate! Since ancient times, the start of summer has been celebrated around the world. The summer solstice is an important astronomical and geographical event of the solar system. This day marks the beginning of summer in the Earths northern hemisphere and the beginning of winter in the southern hemisphere. Russia celebrates this day with Ivan Kupala. Traditionally celebrated on June 23 based on the Julian calendar, it is now celebrated on July 7, the corresponding day for the Gregorian calendar. On this day people wore chains of flowers and wreaths of herbs. They reeled, sang songs, and stoked bonfires with poles topped by burning wheel, the symbol of the sun. The Kupala Day was a major holiday filled with deep meaning and therefore involved rituals, songs, spells, superstitions, fortune telling, legends and folk beliefs. It was believed that everyone has to go through cleansing during the celebrations to be able to gathering the harvest of the fields. The cleansing process had three steps; cleansing the body, the soul and the spirit. Cleansing the body; involved bathing in the sacred waters with the most healing swimming being at dawn. Cleansing the soul involved setting up large bonfires and jumping over their flames with the highest jumper being the luckiest. Cleansing the spirit required people to walk barefoot on burning coals. Other traditions aimed at cleansing included; pouring dirty water on everyone in sight and burn the shirts of sick children in the bonfires to get rid of diseases. People believed that all the healing herbs bloomed during Ivan Kupala the night. According to Ancient Slav beliefs, a blooming fern plant not only fulfils wishes of the owner, but also helps find treasures. On the night the fern started to bloom and gradually rose higher and higher and then started to jump around. As midnight came, the ripe bud burst and a red flower came out. No one could pick up the flower but if you saw it then any wish you made would .e true. That night no one slept because it was believed that all things evil be.e active: including witches, werewolves, and vampires. People thought that Ivan Kupala was the day when witches had their holiday too, trying to cause as much harm to humans as they possibly could. The holiday is still enthusiastically celebrated by the younger people of the Eastern Europe. The night preceding the holiday Tvorila night is considered the night for good humoured mischief. On Ivan Kupala day itself, children often have water fights and perform pranks mostly involving pouring water over About the Author: 相关的主题文章: