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    Midsummer Kupala Night in the Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle, Szczecin [PHOTOS]

    Kupala Night is our traditional Slavic festival of love is Midsummer Night, traditionally celebrated in the shortest night of the year, which is on 21-22 or 23-24 of June (Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia) and in Eastern Slavic countries according to traditional Julian calendar on the night between 6 to 7 July (Belarus, Russia and Ukraine).

    The name of the holiday was originally Kupala; a pagan fertility rite later adapted into the Orthodox Christian calendar by connecting it with St. John’s Day which is celebrated on 24 June.

    Kupalo/Kupala is a Slavic deity representing joy, mid-summer, peace, magic, water, and herbs. Alongside his sister Kostroma, they represented fertility. Kupalo/Kupala is celebrated at a festival called Kupala Night with rituals of purification through water and fire. The name  Kupala or Kupalo is etymologically related to the verb kupati, “to wet” or “to bathe.” (

    This weekend, the jubilee, 20th edition of the Kupala Night takes place at the Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle in Szczecin. Kupała Night – Midsummer traditions is a popular open-air event, which has been organized by the Szczecin Castle for many years in cooperation with the Triglav association.

    Triglav (Polish: “Drużyna Grodu Trzygłowa”) is an association dedicated to exploring and popularizing the culture of the Slavs of the early Middle Ages. It accomplishes this through the so-called “historical reenactment”, i.e. action aimed at recreating selected areas of old culture, both in the material, spiritual and social dimensions. (

    The Kupala Night event includes such attractions as fights of warriors, demonstrations of old rituals, concerts and fire shows. 



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