Belarusian ethnographer in one voice say: true Midsummer should be celebrated on the night of 23 on June 24. By the way, particularly as it celebrates our neighbors the Poles and Lithuanians. The Latvians it even prazdnichek State — League. And Belarusians celebrate Midsummer in June and July.
"Sun — Chief God. And because our forefathers were honored specifically highest solstice day 17 hours 9 minutes. Again same mythology there: after Kupala — the very highest solstice — nature seems to be fading. Pharmaceutical, medical drugs and flowers cease to have the force of current pharmaceutical . Because should focus not on the calendar, while the Sun "- says PhD, etnakulturolyag Lia Nightingale.
All the matter in the calendars, the Julian and Gregorian, says folklorist Anastasia Gulak. Catholics celebrate John the Baptist 23 to June 24, Orthodox — She was 6 to 7 July:
"She and John the Baptist differ among themselves for 14 days. On Actually Midsummer should be marked with 23 on June 24. But since most of the population of Belarus since time immemorial were Orthodox, their calendar — the Julian. "
Etnakulturolyag Lia Nightingale draws attention a fascinating feature: all Belarus prazdnichkom least two two Easter, two Christmas, a day or two of Independence (and official "opposition"), two Midsummer … Oh commented Lia Nightingale "Kupala situation":
"There is a nasty Belarusians nuance celebration: one before, more later … What can be more celebration later, when it was formerly? When I got married, the second time is not going to whore! Time is irreversible … "
Folklorist, teacher Cultural Institute Anastasia Gulak expressed such a world:
"The most important, in my opinion, the main thing — not such a dogmatic approach: it is true. Main thing — that unique, archaic prazdnichek sun worship we survived. And, paradoxically, in the XXI century it lives. We have a heritage: the unique spiritual culture of the people , Kupala songs, unique Kupala ritual. "
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