Ivanko
 

The highest and most colorful celebration of the summer cycle of the sun from the pre-Christian period was, the celebration of youth festival put forth for the God of wealth and fertility - KUPALO. After the acceptance of Christianity, this holiday joined with the birthdate of John the Baptist (July 7th by the Gregorian calendar or June 24th by the Julian). Since then, this celebration has acquired a dual name - IVANA (JOHN)-KUPALA. KUPALA was magic. You could see things that were invisible at any other time. One could see places where there were hidden treasures, and blossoms of the fern (the flower of happiness), etc. One could also look into the future that night and see their DESTINY, their future husband or wife. Nature's two strongest forces were symbols of this celebration: water and fire - the symbols of purification. Young, single maidens, would weave VINKY (wreaths) on this enchanting evening with the special flowers and grass that they believed had magical powers. They would then place or toss the wreaths into the river. People believed that the VINOK's behavior in the water would reflect their future romantic relations.

 











Our Dances:
 
A Merry Dance
A Twist of Kozak Fate
Bukovynian Kozak
Canadian Kaleidoscope
Carpathian Nostalgia
Departing Kozak
Flirt
Gypsy Triptych
Hopak
Hordylianka
Hutsulia
Ivanko
Kalyna
Oira
Spring Dance
Stamp Dance
Tambourine Polka
The Lasso
The Sieve
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