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The Fern Flower

Date posted: June 10, 2017

Event date: June 17, 2017

The Fern Flower

A storytelling event.

No one is ever too old for a story, we all love hearing a good narrative.

Join us on June 17th at 11:00 AM-1:00 PM at the Storytelling Tent at Wychwood Artscape (601 Christie St.). Our event will take place during the Farmers Market which you can visit every Saturday.

The first 1 hr of the program will feature James Nowak as he will tell “The Story of the Fern Flower” – the folklore of the ancient Ukrainian holiday of “Kupalo”. Following, Kosa Kolektiv Community Singers will sing ancient Ukrainian Kupalo songs. The second half of the program will feature guest storytellers from Storytelling Toronto.

Why should I go? Ukrainian legends are sure to captivate as you immerse yourself in the lives of the mysterious creatures of Slavic origin. The Ivana Kupalo festival marks the end of the summer solstice and the beginning of midsummer, also know as harvest time (Ukraine was originally a country that relied heavily on agriculture). The celebrations were suppressed by the church as they followed many superstitions and unchristian traditions. Despite that, the festival remained a firm part of the culture and is celebrated (for fun) to this day.

“Kupalo was believed to be the god of love and of the harvest and the personification of the earth’s fertility. According to popular belief, ‘Kupalo eve’ (‘Ivan’s eve’) was the only time of the year when the earth revealed its secrets and made ferns bloom to mark places where its treasures were buried, and the only time when trees spoke and even moved and when witches gathered. It was also the only time of the year when free love received popular sanction. On the eve unmarried young men and women gathered outside the village in the forest or near a stream or pond. There they built ‘Kupalo fires’—a relic of the pagan custom of bringing sacrifice—around which they performed ritual dances and sang ritual songs, often erotic. They leaped over the fires, bathed in the water (an act of purification), and played physical games with obviously sexual connotations. The fires were also used to burn herbs gathered in the previous year and various items of no further use, particularly those that had been blessed with holy water and could therefore not be discarded by normal means. The fires were never extinguished, but were always allowed to smoulder out. On the eve female participants wore scented herbs and flowers to attract the males and adorned their hair with garlands of freshly cut flowers. Later they divined their fates according to what happened to the garlands which they had sent flowing on the water.” – Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine.

How much? FREE! + Free snacks & drinks.

But are you sure I can come? Yes, it’s an all ages event.

Hosted by Folk Camp Canada & Storytelling Toronto. Sponsored by Youth Engaging Youth Ontario.

See you there!

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