Ivan Kupala is a folk holiday of the Eastern Slavs, a holiday of the summer solstice. The days of the summer and winter solstice were the points of calendar reference for the Slavs. Ivan Kupala is traditionally celebrated on June 24.
On the night of Ivan Kupala, people collected dew, which they considered magical. They believed that whoever washed themselves with dew that night would become prettier and be healthy for the next year.
A lot of Kupala divination has been preserved. For example, whoever jumps over the fire above everyone else will have the happiest year. The girls put wreaths on the water and watched whose was sinking and whose was floating away. The floating wreath meant a speedy marriage.
In modern Russia, Ivan Kupala Day is not just a mysterious holiday, but also an occasion to laugh heartily. At night, young people like to joke about friends, neighbors and each other.
Waking up in the morning, you may not recognize your own house and city: secretly, they can not only drag benches from the entrances to the park, from the alley to the bridge, but also swap signs.