The St John's Night [2]

The St John's Night

Subject: The Polish Calendar of Traditional Customs and Rituals
Face value: 2 pln
Alloy: (CuAl5Zn5Sn1) NG
Diameter: 27 mm
Weight: 8.15 g
Finish: standard
Mintage: 1000000 pcs
On the edge: an inscription, NBP, repeated eight times, every second one inverted by 180 degrees, separated by stars
Additional: no
Date of issue: 2006-05-25
Issue price: 2 pln
An image of a dancing girl holding a garland of flowers in her hand. Below, stylized leaves of fern. Above, a semicircular inscription, NOC ŚWIĘTOJAŃSKA (St John's Night).

Designer: Robert Kotowicz
An image of the Eagle established as the State Emblem of the Republic of Poland. At the sides of the Eagle, the notation of the year of issue, 20-06. Below the Eagle an inscription, ZŁ 2 ZŁ, an inscription in the rim, RZECZPOSPOLITA POLSKA (the Republic of Poland), preceded and followed by six pearls. The Mint's mark under the Eagle's left leg, m/w.

Designer: Ewa Tyc-Karpińska

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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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