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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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HoneyBeeGirl94 Featured By Owner 23 hours ago  New member
They're all beautiful and lovely! 
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yukionna-dono Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member Professional General Artist
reveal your secrets senpai
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FlopyLopez Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a lovely tradition! Nice to learn something new :D
I like the blossoming atmosphere that surrounds this picture, it's very pleasant to look at <3
if it had a bigger resolution, I'd use it as a wallpaper because I just really like looking at this picture and the lovely ladies! :love: I love how colorful your artworks are! <3
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Banapplebees Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
The tradition sounds really interesting. Great artwork!
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Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you)
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seillua Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  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 Aug 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
why not ?
sure, you can)
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seillua Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist
thankyou :D
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artist-Kat Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Беларусь милашка *U*
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Kagome-Inuyashkina Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
спасибо)
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