A Belarussian in traditional clothing jumps over a fire while celebrating Ivan Kupala Night, a traditional Slavic holiday, marking midsummer, outside the town of Dobrush on June 24, 2010. During the celebration, originating in pagan times, people plait wreaths, jump over fires, and swim.
The feast of S. John's Day, June 24, called by the Lettish people "Ligo," is one of the merriest Latvian holidays. It is on this occasion that the country people decorate themselves and their houses with garlands of foliage, preferably oak leaves. Old and young participate in this festival, which is a remnant of pagan celebrations in connexion with the ancient nature-worship of the Lettish (The Secret Museum of Mankind. New York, Manhattan House, 1935)