Enjoy summer solstice in Ukrainian style

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Musicians and singers are urged to get involved with the Halifax Ukrainian Club’s summer solstice celebrations on Friday, July 10.

Ivan Kupalo day is an ancient pagan festival which is still celebrated in Ukraine. It marks the start of midsummer and is also associated with the Christian feast of St John.

The Halifax branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain is planning a barbecue, quiz night and live music between 7pm and 11pm.

Organisers Taz Polotorak and Laima Cvetkova, who are soon to be married, say the celebrations are a night of frivolity for young couples.

Mr Polotorak said: “The day is still celebrated in Ukraine but it’s not taken too seriously. It’s an excuse to get away from the parents and have a bit of fun.

“People will also dress up in their embroidered shirts and the women will wear flowers in their hair.”

Roman Suchyj, cultural officer, said people don’t have to be Ukrainian or pagan to attend. He said: “It’s just a night of fun, food, drink, quizzes and hopefully live music.”

The night will be free to attend. For more information or to get involved, contact Taz Polotorak on 01422 368045.