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Rafts with candles river celebration ivan kupala night wearing traditional costumes

Rafts with candles river celebration ivan kupala night wearing traditional costumes
Rafts with candles river celebration ivan kupala night wearing traditional costumes

TUROV (Belarus): Wearing traditional costumes, girls launch rafts with candles into the river as they celebrate the Ivan Kupala night, an ancient heathen holiday, held on Sunday. People celebrate the night with bonfires that last throughout the night, with some leaping over the flames as it is believed that the act of jumping over the bonfire cleanses people of illness and bad luck.

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