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The pagan solstice celebrations (Ivan Kupala night) are typical not only for Russia, but many Eastern European countries. The dates vary, but the not usually astronomically correct. In Russia it takes place on the night between 23 and 24 of June.

Summer Solstice -- I'm not too enthused about the celebration of the summer solstice. It seems a bit pagan. But, I love the folk costumes in this photo.

Belarussian women make wreaths during the Ivana Kupala festival near the town of…

Children at play a maypole dance, CoWaterford 27 April 1909  ( We still did this when I was in grade school at Brownfield Elementary  in Lower Tyrone, DawsonPa.

Beltane Celebration - One of the four major Sabbats in the Celtic tradition, Beltane celebrates life. For the Celts, it was a festival that insured fertility and growth.

Girls from a folk group in Russian national sarafans (a kind of sleeveless dresses). #folk #Russian #national #costume

Girls from a folk group in Russian national sarafans (a kind of sleeveless dresses).

Beltane Fire Festival, Edinburgh.

Beltane Fire Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK - Light a fire to celebrate the coming of summer among folks who take ancient Celtic festivals seriously—even if it means dancing naked

Праздник Ивана Купала, национальные костюмы, фотограф Фролов Дмитрий

Праздник Ивана Купала, национальные костюмы, фотограф Фролов Дмитрий

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Kosmach , Ukraine, from Iryna

Amazon Drygoods - Russian Settler's Dress, $16.95 (http://www.amazondrygoods.com/products/russian-settlers-dress.html)

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