Ivanov night (Kanun mid-summer) (23/06)

June 23 is a holiday that has long pagan roots, which is still celebrated by the peoples of Europe. It is called differently in different countries. In Norway, the holiday is named after John the Baptist - Jonsok. Another name for the holiday - Jonsvaka (Jonsvoko) - is formed from the name Johan and the verb vake - "keep awake".

This is no coincidence: it was believed that on Midsummer Night (the night on the eve of the Nativity of John the Baptist) one could not sleep until dawn - not only because one could hear the singing of the elves, but first of all with the aim of a talisman for the whole coming year.

Celebrations in honor of the holiday began in the evening and continued all night, ending with the meeting of the dawn - the rising sun. Until 1770 Ivanov's day was an official holiday. Its abolition, however, did not become a reason for the people to cool off towards it - on the contrary, Ivanov's night remained a favorite folk holiday. Compared to Christmas and Easter, this holiday has much less to do with church celebrations. Most of all ancient pagan customs are connected with Ivan's night.