Midsummer Party - Zabawa Świętojańska
We are holding a Midsummer Party (Zabawa Świętojańska) in the Ognisko Ballroom on Saturday 20th June. The evening starts at 7.30pm with entertainment by Piotr on the alto saxophone. A delicious two course buffet will be served by the Ognisko restaurant. Dancing will be to the sounds of the trio - 5 Minutes after Midnight (5 Minut po Polnocy). The group have a vast repetoire including popular Polish and English music. The two course buffet and a half bottle of wine are included in the price. Dress is black tie or lounge suit. A chance to celebrate Midsummer at Ognisko with friends and family. The event is being organized with the support of Topaz (The Polish Society of Graduates and Professionals).
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: 20 June 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Member Ticket Price: (including Topaz members) £ 37 or £ 35 if purchased before 10th June.
Non-member Ticket Price: £ 40 or £ 37 if purchased before 10th June.
Student Ticket Price: £ 37 or £ 35 if purchased before 10th June.
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