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Kupala Night 2024 in Ukraine

Kupala Night, also known as Ivan Kupala Day, is a Ukrainian observance annually held on July 7 to celebrate the summer solstice.

Is Kupala Night a Public Holiday?

Even though Kupala Night falls on Saturday, July 6, 2024, it is a working day. Most businesses follow regular opening hours in Ukraine.

Some women dress in traditional clothing and floral wreaths to celebrate Ivan Kupala Day.


What Do People Do?

Many Ukrainians celebrate Kupala Night with bonfires that last throughout the night. Some people leap over the flames as it is believed that the act of jumping over the bonfire cleanses people of illness and bad luck. Some groups of people sing songs about love, romance and marriage on Kupala Night. It is also customary for some women to wear traditional clothes with embroidery and a wreath of flowers on their head to celebrate the summer night.

Public Life

Ivan Kupala Day is an observance and not a public holiday in Ukraine.


Ivan Kupala Day combines the words Ivan, the Slavic name of John the Baptist, and Kupala, derived from the Slavic word for bathing. However, is also said the name of the day is associated with Kupajla or Kupalo, a harvest god. Traditions and activities associated with this holiday can also be traced back to Pagan rituals.

Kupala Night is linked with the summer solstice celebrations. The July 7 date is not the actual day of the June solstice, also the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. According to the Julian calendar, Kupala Night is on June 24, which in theory is closer to the June solstice.


It is believed that the act of leaping over bonfires purifies people from sickness and bad luck. Water is thought to be another purifying element.

Kupala Night Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2019SatJul 6Kupala NightObservance
2020MonJul 6Kupala NightObservance
2021TueJul 6Kupala NightObservance
2022WedJul 6Kupala NightObservance
2023ThuJul 6Kupala NightObservance
2024SatJul 6Kupala NightObservance
2025SunJul 6Kupala NightObservance
2026MonJul 6Kupala NightObservance
2027TueJul 6Kupala NightObservance
2028ThuJul 6Kupala NightObservance
2029FriJul 6Kupala NightObservance

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