What: Kupala (Summer Solstice Festival)
Who: Yarga, the Slavic Brotherhood with the support of the Volokolamsk historical and archaeological museum.
When: Summer Solstice. Exact days to be confirmed.
Where: Ethnographic grounds ‘Red Meadow’ (“Красный Луг”) at the Ruza river near Volokolamsk in the Moscow region.
About: Ivan Kupala is a popular Slavic holiday known for its association with floating wreaths and bathing in water, as well as its fire related activities such as jumping over bonfires. Ivan Kupala celebrates the birth of John the Baptist three days after the Summer Solstice, but the original Slavic celebration of Kupala at this time predates Christianity.
Using the name ‘Kupala’, every year the pagan group Yarga and participants celebrate the Summer Solstice in an organised get-together consisting of ceremonies and summer festivities that last several days culminating in the main evening’s ceremony and events. This pagan festival takes place in the wonderful setting of ‘Red Meadow’, a green and historically rich area by the banks of the Ruza river.
Visit this page for a full itinerary of Kupala’s 2015 summer solstice celebrations.
Get a glimpse of the 2012 Kupala celebrations at Red Meadow from this slideshow video below:
Please note: This event is not run by The Spiritual Sun. Please see or contact these websites 1, 2, 3, 4 for more information and details about the event of Kupala 2016. Please see this page for the rules of conduct at their celebration. The websites and celebrations are in Russian.
Article and research by Karim El Bazi. Photo attributions Yaroslav Nikitin