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June 23, 2010

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People stand around a campfire during the Ivana Kupala festival in the village of Viazynka, Belarus, late Tuesday evening. The ancient tradition, originating from pagan times, is usually marked with grand overnight festivities which includes jumping over burning campfires and bathing in a lake or a river. Some people believe the acts will purge them of their sins and make them healthier.

PHOTO: Vladimir Nikolsky/Reuters

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