Ivan Kupala Day, a fire day, was celebrated in the Kaluga Region, central Russia, on this weekend.
Ivan Kupala Day is filled with rituals associated with water, fire and herbs. Most of the midsummer rites are held at night. The main feature of Kupala night is clearing bonfires. Young people dance around bonfires and jump over the flames.
It is believed that midsummer bonfire has magical power that can ward off all evil particularly witches who are especially dangerous during Kupala night. Source: Ria Novosti.
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