Garlands in Kraków

 

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Garlands (in polish: Wianki) is an old Slavic tradition connected with the shortest night in the year, called Kupala's Night, usually it is a night 21/22 June, but it is traditionally celebrated 23/24 June. It is a celebration of fire, water, sun and moon, fertility and love cultivated by Slavics, Baltics, Germans and Celtic nations.


Garlands (in polish: Wianki) is an old Slavic tradition connected with the shortest night in the year, called Kupala's Night, usually it is a night 21/22 June, but it is traditionally celebrated 23/24 June. It is a celebration of fire, water, sun and moon, fertility and love cultivated by Slavics, Baltics, Germans and Celtic nations.

At Kupala's Night young girls plaited garlands from herbs and flowers, put candles on it and throw them on the water, singing and dancing all the time. Several meters farther boys were trying to catch garlands, and the lucky one who pick one could have a walk with the girl who plaited it.

Kupala is a Slavic goddess of fertility, christianism was trying to supplant her cult by introducing a holiday of Saint John the Baptist within the time. However something is saved from this pagan cult, because in Slavic countries Kupala's Night is still quite popular. Since few years in Cracow there is a huge party during the celebrations of Garlands, always with participation of the most popular bands and singers. Concerts take place close to the Wawel Castle, on the riversides of Wisla and they are for free.

Greatest star of this year will be Wyclef Jean, hip hop, rap, R&B singer and musician. Before him we will hear Marika, famous polish reggae and funk'n'soul singer, Pablopavo, The Poise Rite and SOFA.

Definitely it will be one of the most important concerts in Cracow this year. You can't miss it!



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