Night on the Eve of Ivan Kupala.
This is me, standing on other side of a pond, watching how
young folks celebrating Ivan Kupala. It is one of the most
ancient Slavic feasts. It goes back to pagan.
Kupala is mystical, beautiful, wild and very erotic folk
feast. Couples jumping over fire, telling fortunes, girls
putting garlands on water and if garland is heading in direction
of some village, then she must expect a future husband from this
village.., at dawn going swim naked and boys who already heated
up with strong drinks chasing them... and it is what Kupala is
about, everyone expect to find match at this night.
Some photos taken from internet
Particulary in this village such formalities as telling
fortunes and putting garlands were excluded from ritual. Young
folks can't wait to proceed with the sweetest, adult part.
I am still on the point of age when girls run on full gear at
Kupala night, I would play, but I am afraid that dressed in
BDU's and armed with RGD-33 grenade; the boys would be more
likely to run away than to chase me.