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Slavic tradition of Kupala preserved in Belarus

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Women jump over a campfire during the Ivan Kupala festival in the town of Turov, Belarus on July 6, 2012.

The traditional Slavic festival of Kupala Night celebrates the summer solstice with overnight festivities. Kupala is celebrated in Ukraine, Belarus, Poland and Russia on the Gregorian calendar of June 23 or 24. People sing and dance before jumping over campfires believed to purge sins and improve health.

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A woman wears a wreath during the Ivan Kupala festival.

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Belarusian girls float wreaths with candles as part of the Ivan Kupala festival.

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Belarusians take part in the Kupala festival.

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Belarusians take part in the Ivan Kupala festival.

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