Traveling to Kyiv with children? Feofeniya park invites everyone to celebrate Ivan Kupala Day. From July 6 to July 7, Ukraine celebrates the magic folk festival of Ivan Kupala. Traditions and activities connected with this holiday dated back to Pagan rituals. Its name was originally Kupala. After the adaption by Orthodox Christianity, it got the word "Ivan" (John, here John the Baptist).
People believe that the act of leaping over bonfires purifies them from sickness and bad luck. Girls put wreaths of flowers on rivers in order to get some foresight into their fortune. Men try to capture the wreaths, thinking that they can capture the interest of the woman who put it. There is also a belief that the eve of Ivan Kupala is the only time of the year when fern flower can bloom. Prosperity and luck will come to that one who will find a fern flower.
The festival’s program has lots to offer to all family members. It includes children's animation programs ‘Fiksiki about the holiday of Ivan Kupala’, various master-classes, theatrical performances, dances, fire show and many more fun. During the weekend, there will be open-air cafes, where you can enjoy delicious Ukrainian dishes, homemade pastries and useful summer drinks.
Address: The Feofania (Theophany) park, Academician Lebedev Str., 37.
Time & date: 6 - 7 July, 2019, from 15:00 to 22:00.