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Saint Jonas' Festival

Saint Jonas' Festival

 

Saint Jonas' Festival (aka: Rasos (Dew Holiday), Joninės, Kupole, Midsummer Day or St. John's Day) is a midsummer folk festival celebrated on June 23th all around Lithuania. While midsummer day is celebrated throughout Europe, many Lithuanians have a particularly lively agenda on this day. The traditions include singing songs and dancing until the sun sets, telling tales, searching to find the magic fern blossom at midnight, jumping over bonfires, greeting the rising midsummer sun and washing the face with a morning dew, young girls float flower wreaths on the water of rivers or lakes. These are customs brought from pagan culture and beliefs. The latter Christian tradition is based on the reverence of Saint John.