October 12, 2012

Midsummer Night, Russia

Photograph by Jonas Bendiksen, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Midsummer Night, known as the festival of Ivan Kupala (St. John the Baptist), is marked by candles and flower garlands in Vladimirskoye. Celebrants walk three times around Svetloyar Lake, which legend says makes wishes come true.

See more pictures from the July 2012 feature story "Russian Summer."


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