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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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:iconmmd-ask-russia2:
MMD-Ask-Russia2 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Do You Have Any RusAme FanArt I'de love to see it.
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Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Digital Artist
Sorry, I haven't.
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MMD-Ask-Russia2 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
awww.maybe you shoul'd make some one day.
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Nati13321 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Kiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! So damn COOL!!! AND awesme!!!!!!
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Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much)
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komet-a Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Whoa, this is beautiful! I always wanted to celebrate Kupala Night since I'm Polish.... well, maybe next year :D Great work!
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Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much)
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komet-a Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome ^-^
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Hikatsuke Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heart Love Well done, they are all so beautiful! I love the floral wreaths!
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Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much)
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