Olga's Gallery

Henryk Hector Siemiradzki

Night on the Eve of Ivan Kupala.

1880s. Oil on canvas. The Lvov Picture Gallery, Lvov, Ukraine. Read Note.

Henryk Siemiradzki. Night on the Eve of Ivan Kupala.

Night on the Eve of Ivan Kupala. Ivan Kupala holiday is an ancient pre-Christian holiday of Slavs. It is still widely celebrated in the country of Ukraine and Byelorussia. The holiday corresponds to the Midsummer holiday, celebrated in many western countries. The night on the eve of Ivan Kupala is considered to be magical, that only night one can find in the woods a magic fern-flower, which gives love and happiness to the lucky one who manages to get it. Girls could find out their future by flowers collected at night. The young pairs jump hand in hand over bonfires to make fire protect them from evil. Folks dance around a dancing pole, decorated with flowers, ribbons and wreaths