Women take part in the Rusalle festival (the holiday of mermaids) in the village of Sosny, south of Minsk, Belarus on June 30, 2013. The festival is an ancient tradition originating from pagan times, which women sing and dance around a campfire, throw their wreaths into a river and choose a leader of the mermaids, in a belief that the leader will protect the harvest.
[Credit : Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters]

Women take part in the Rusalle festival (the holiday of mermaids) in the village of Sosny, south of Minsk, Belarus on June 30, 2013. The festival is an ancient tradition originating from pagan times, which women sing and dance around a campfire, throw their wreaths into a river and choose a leader of the mermaids, in a belief that the leader will protect the harvest.

[Credit : Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters]


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