What: Summer Solstice Celebration
Who: Staroslovanska Vatra
(Old Slavic Bonfire)
When: June 18th 2016
Where: Near the village Turcianska Stiavnicka
About: Experience the Old Slavic Bonfire, a day of traditional joyful festivities celebrating the summer solstice in Slovakia. Set along the Turcianska country side, in a clearing surrounded by scenic mountains and nature; it is here that hundreds gather to enjoy the old Slavic traditions of music, dance and song, reviving the ancient and sacred Slovakian customs of the summer solstice. Ceremonies are held at the sacred places where nature deities were carved into tall standing wooden totems. Celebrations continue into the evening around a massive central bonfire.
One unique feature of the location happens at sunset, where you can observe the sun setting behind the mountains, as though gently rolling down one of the mountain sides, before pausing at the next mountain’s ascent, and disappearing into the night, at which point the Old Slavic Bonfire is lit.
Below is a video from Staroslovanska Vatra’ 2013 Summer Solstice, which includes a wide array of celebrations and traditional Slavic customs as well as a glimpse at some ancient rituals, the setting sun, and the lighting of the bonfire.
Please note: this event is not run by The Spiritual Sun. Please contact the organizers directly or visit their Facebook Page if you would like more details about this event.
Research contributed by Lucia Beznik, Christos Grapsas and Olga Grapsas
Images Courtesy of Staroslovanska Vatra