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APH: Kupala Night by Kagome-Inuyashkina APH: Kupala Night by Kagome-Inuyashkina
Kupala Night, also known as Ivan Kupala Day (Feast of St. John the Baptist; Russian: Иван-Купала; Belarusian: Купалле; Ukrainian: Іван Купала; Polish: Noc Kupały), is celebrated in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia currently on the night of 6/7 July in the Gregorian or New Style calendar, which is 23/24 June in the Julian or Old Style calendar still used by many Orthodox Churches. In Poland (Mazowsze and Podlasie) it is celebrated on the night of 23/24 June. Calendar-wise, it is opposite to the winter holiday Koliada. The celebration relates to the summer solstice when nights are the shortest and includes a number of Pagan rituals.

There is an ancient Kupala belief that the eve of Ivan Kupala is the only time of the year when ferns bloom. Prosperity, luck, discernment and power would befall on whoever finds a fern flower. Therefore, on that night, village folk would roam through the forests in search of magical herbs and especially the elusive fern flower.
Traditionally, unmarried women, signified by the garlands on their hair, are the first to enter the forest. They are followed by young men. Therefore, the quest to find herbs and the fern flower may lead to the blooming of relationships between pairs of men and women within the forest.
It is to be noted, however, that ferns are not angiosperms (flowering plants), and instead reproduce by spores; they cannot flower.

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Nortstar Featured By Owner 4 days ago
it is so cute ^^ you did really pretty work :clap:
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Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner 17 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much)
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englandlover279 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student General Artist
that is sook cute
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Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Thank you)
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englandlover279 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
welcome :3
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cevatonder Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  New member Hobbyist Interface Designer
you are the most talented person on this website i think...i fall in love your style...
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Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner 17 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
Really? OwO
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Noive Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
Interesting, that belief of fern blooming in summer solstice night also exists in northern Spain, there are many legends and stories about that magical night! ^^
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Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner 17 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
Its very interesting)
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Juliusz-Cezar-Tupacz Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist
Wolę fem!Polskę od Polski XD
Piękny obrazek *-* Naucz mnie tak pięknie kolorować ;^;
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