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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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seillua Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Hobbyist
heyho... can i use it to my pages? i will credit your deviantart in my page 0w0... if cannot, it's okay... 
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Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
why not ?
sure, you can)
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seillua Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist
thankyou :D
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artist-Kat Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Беларусь милашка *U*
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Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
спасибо)
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Morrigan33 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Какие прелестные девушки) Очень люблю рисунки с русскими костюмами и венками.
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Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
спасибо, но здесь как раз украинские вышиванки) +, насколько я знаю, к украинским костюмам идет венок на голову, а к русским - кокошник.
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Morrigan33 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Понятно) я имела в виду вообще славянский костюм) в тонкостях мало разбираюсь, теперь буду знать
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kagome455 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
подборк чветов крутя! да и в целом очень крутя)
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Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
спасибо
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