Kupala Night in Ukraine
Quick FactsKupala Night is celebrated in Ukraine on July 7 each year.
|День Ивана Купалы||Russian|
|День Івана Купали||Ukrainian|
Alternative nameIvan Kupala Day
Kupala Night 2013Sunday, July 7, 2013
Kupala Night 2014Monday, July 7, 2014
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Kupala Night, also known as Ivan Kupala Day, is a Ukrainian observance annually held on July 7 to celebrate the summer solstice.
What do people do?
Many Ukrainians celebrate Kupala Night with bonfires that last throughout the night. Some people leap over the flames as it is believed that the act of jumping over the bonfire cleanses people of illness and bad luck. Some groups of people sing songs about love, romance and marriage on Kupala Night. It is also customary for some women to wear traditional clothes with embroidery and a wreath of flowers on their head to celebrate the summer night.
Ivan Kupala Day is an observance and not a public holiday in Ukraine.
Ivan Kupala Day combines the words Ivan, the Slavic name of John the Baptist, and Kupala, derived from the Slavic word for bathing. However, is also said the name of the day is associated with Kupajla or Kupalo, a harvest god. Traditions and activities associated with this holiday can also be traced back to Pagan rituals.
Kupala Night is linked with the summer solstice celebrations. The July 7 date is not the actual day of the June solstice, also the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. According to the Julian calendar, Kupala Night is on June 24, which in theory is closer to the June solstice.
It is believed that the act of leaping over bonfires purifies people from sickness and bad luck. Water is thought to be another purifying element.
Kupala Night Observances
|Sat||Jul 7||1990||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Sun||Jul 7||1991||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Tue||Jul 7||1992||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Wed||Jul 7||1993||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Thu||Jul 7||1994||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Fri||Jul 7||1995||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Sun||Jul 7||1996||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Mon||Jul 7||1997||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Tue||Jul 7||1998||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Wed||Jul 7||1999||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Fri||Jul 7||2000||Kupala Night||Observance|
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|Thu||Jul 7||2005||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Fri||Jul 7||2006||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Sat||Jul 7||2007||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Mon||Jul 7||2008||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Tue||Jul 7||2009||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Wed||Jul 7||2010||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Thu||Jul 7||2011||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Sat||Jul 7||2012||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Sun||Jul 7||2013||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Mon||Jul 7||2014||Kupala Night||Observance|
|Tue||Jul 7||2015||Kupala Night||Observance|
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