(Polish American Arts Association)
WIANKI 2010 


Legend: Na Swiety Jan Woda Kwitnie

In Poland the eve of St. John is fraught with miracles and magic. Animals talk to each other with human voices. The earth shows the enchanted riches in its depths, glowing with fire. In wild ravines the barren fern blooms. Certain plants take on magical properties. Flowers and grasses made unto wreaths will forecast a maiden's fate. Wreaths to which are fixed lighted candles are cast in the waters so that their courses may be followed. From the course and fate of the wreaths auguries of marriage are made. The special promise of St. John is youth, love and general fertility.




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