Midsummer Dance - Zabawa Świętojańska
Ognisko is holding its Midsummer Dance – “Zabawa Świętojańska” in the Ballroom. Guests will be welcomed from 7.30pm onwards with a sparkling glass of prosecco. Our regular guest, Piotr on the saxophone, will set the mood. A delicious two-course supper will be served by the Ognisko restaurant accompanied by wine. After the meal, we welcome the return of the trio - 5 Minutes after Midnight - “5 Minut po Polnocy”, whose repertoire includes popular Polish and English music. Dancing will be till late. The ticket price includes a two course meal, half a bottle of wine and a welcoming glass of prosecco. Dress is black tie or lounge suit.
The tradition of organising cultural events during the summer solstice reaches back a long time. The festival was primarily a pagan religious event - Noc Kupały. After the adoption of Christianity by Poland, the tradition did not die, however, its context was changed: the night's name became "Noc Świętojańska" (St. John's Night). Some elements of the original festival remained, such as letting wreaths float on water and jumping over bonfires.
Young people jump over the flames of bonfires in a ritual test of bravery and faith. The failure of a couple in love to complete the jump while holding hands is a sign of their destined separation. Girls may float wreaths of flowers (often lit with candles) on rivers, and would attempt to gain foresight into their relationship fortunes from the flow patterns of the flowers on the river. Men may attempt to capture the wreaths, in the hope of capturing the interest of the woman who floated the wreath.
There is an ancient Kupala belief that this is the only time of the year when ferns bloom. Prosperity, luck, discernment and power would befall on whoever finds a fern flower. Therefore, on that night, village folk would roam through the forests in search of magical herbs and especially the elusive fern flower.
5 Minutes after Midnight
The musical group comprises :
Marek Musial - keyboard and guitar
Michal Jelen - vocals
Leszek Hurtig - guitar and bass
Date: 25 June 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Member Ticket Price: £40 including meal & wine. £15 dance only, admission after 9.
Non-member Ticket Price: £45 including meal & wine. £18 dance only, admission after 9.
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