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Pagan Traditions

St. John's Night and Midsummer: Pagan and Christian Tradition

Midsummer in Poland - Sobótka

The name "Sobótka" originated from Saturday (Polish "sobota"). During an early summer, usually on Saturdays people gather at a fire, jumping through the fire, sing songs, dance and having lots of fun. There was also some magic involved in these rituals. This was probably originally a feast celebrating a Sun as a source of light and warmth. This ceremony took place around the shortest night of the year. The name " Sobótka " was not common all over Poland. In Mazowsze (near Warsaw) and in Eastern Poland as well as in Ukraine midsummer was known under a name of "Kupalnocka" or "Kupala".

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