Midsummer

Midsummer 

Midsummer is an old Slavic holiday that is celebrated on 24 June each year. On the same day Eastern Orthodox Christian Church celebrates the day of John the Baptist and commonly rituals and traditions of the two holidays overlap. In different areas the name is pronounced differently - in the name of Sofia District holiday is Yanevden in Struga - Ivanden in Ohrid-Ivandan in Veliko Tarnovo - Ivan bilyober or Dragiyka. The celebration coincides with the summer solstice, so many beliefs and customs associated with the path of heavenly light, and his cult. On this day his name day celebrating all named Enyo, Encho, John, John Yanni, Yana, Ioannina, Y., Yanita, Yanko, Yancho. It is assumed that the root of the festival lies in the Slavic tradition. In Russia, the holiday is called Ivan Kupala and is considered a popular pagan holiday. In Ukraine, the name is Ivana Kupala (Kupayla) and in Belarus. Eastern Slavs traditionally mark the holiday with night swimming the night before Ivan Kupala. There are also mandatory fire that is skipped and danced around him. Herbs are most effective in this particular night.

 

 

According to the people of distant Midsummer begins the start of winter - it's called "Enyo wrapped themselves in its mantle of snow to go." It is believed that the morning of the feast, when rising, the sun "flicker", "play" and who sees it will be healthy throughout the year. Just at sunrise, everyone should be turned to face him and over his shoulder to watch your shadow. Does she over, the person will be healthy this year and outline you half - ill will.

 

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