The St John's Night [20]

The St John's Night

Subject: The Polish Calendar of Traditional Customs and Rituals
Face value: 20 pln
Alloy: 925/1000 Ag
Diameter: 38.61 mm
Weight: 28.28 g
Finish: proof
Mintage: 65000 pcs
On the edge: smooth
Additional: hologram
Date of issue: 2006-05-25
Issue price: 113 pln
In the central part, a hologram with a stylized image of a fern flower, changing colours depending on the angle of vision. On the rim, against the background of a decorative low relief, stylized images of two dwarfs. At the bottom, a semicircular inscription, NOC ŚWIĘTOJAŃSKA (St.John's Night).

Designer: Robert Kotowicz
On the right-hand side, an image of the Eagle established as the State Emblem of the Republic of Poland. Below, an inscription 20 / ZŁ. In the central part and above the Eagle, images of girls and boys dancing around a bonfire, against the background of fronds of fern. At the bottom, a semicircular inscription, RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA, and the notation of the year of issue, 2006. The Mint's mark, m/w, under the Eagle's left leg.

Designer: Robert Kotowicz

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The St John's Night

The St John's Night - this is the shortest night of the year, on June 23 to June 24, falling on the eve of St John the Baptist's Day. In the Polish tradition, it is dubbed "noc świętojańska" (the Night of St John), "palinocka" or "sobótka", or "kupalnocka", "kupalnica","kupała". The festivities of the St John's Night, or the Midsummer Night, are linked to the ancient rites of welcoming the summer and were connected with cults surrounding the sun and the forces of nature as well as with purifying rites of fire and water and accompanying agricultural ceremonies and rites of love and fertility which -according to ancient beliefs and customs - took place during the summer solstice, i.e. in the time of tremendous light, long-shining sun, the full bloom of nature and life. ...

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