Join the largest Midsummer’s Eve Celebration in Holland!
You will enjoy the sacrament of ancient Ukrainian traditions and authentic Ivana Kupala’s festivities. Like in the old days, we celebrate this party on a beach and dive into the magical atmosphere of the Kupala Night. We will bring drive, beauty, traditional flavor and summer energy together, so don’t miss out this magical event!
We offer an action-packed daytime and evening program for children and adults, couples, and singles. So bring your family, friends and experience new customs and cultures together!
In the evening our Special guest – DJ Gabber from Kiev will create for us a magical atmosphere and a lot drive.
Do you love delicious food? Then you have to try out the signature dish from restaurant De Staat – mouthwatering BBQ. Both non-vegetarian and vegetarian options are equally delicious. Check the menu and order your BBQ here and make your Midsummer’s eve Celebration 2017 complete.
*Children under 16 free entrance.
*All men called by the first nickname Johannes (Ivan in Ukrainian) or have derived names like Jan, John, Johnny etc and only with the – free entrance upon presentation of your ID card.
What do you know about Midsummer’s Eve?
Midsummer’s Eve celebration is not only one of the most important and excited holidays of the year but also a performance filled with solar energy, ancient traditions, and romance of Kupala night.
Kupalo and Marena are the main attributes of the holiday. According to pagan beliefs, the Kupala night is the night of the marriage of Kupala, the summer god of sun, with Marena, the goddess of water. So, why the name for Midsummer’s Eve in Ukrainian is Kupala nigh. The way this holiday was honored determined the future harvest that is why Kupala and Marena should be spliced during the holiday. At the end of the holiday the Kupala dummy together with Marena were burnt in the fire to let them become a couple in the sacred bonfire.
Kupala bonfire is the central element of the night that symbolizes rise of sun. Everyone is leaping over flames as part of ancient cleaning ceremony. Tradition holds that when a couple in love complete the jump while holding hands they will remain together forever. If they fail, they are destined to be separate.
In the evening girls float wreaths of flowers (often lit with candles) on water and would attempt to gain foresight into their relationship fortunes. There is a belief: the girl whose wreath floats the longest is supposed to be lucky in love and get married the coming year; the girl whose wreath sinks will remain single.