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Romance and love -- the summer solstice

Updated 1:48 PM ET, Fri June 19, 2020
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In many parts of the world, there is no better time to celebrate romance than on the longest day of the year. In Belarus, girls and boys traditionally take the opportunity to celebrate the midnight sun on Ivan Kupala Day by bathing in lakes. VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images
During the Swedish national holiday of Midsommar the usually cool, calm and collected Swedes turn to their raucous Viking roots and consume a copious amount of vodka and dance around -- according to some -- a rather phallic-looking Maypole. Perhaps unsurprisingly research shows a lot of babies are born nine months after the festivities. Carolina Romare/imagebank.sweden.se
During the Greek solstice celebration Klidonas, bachelors across the country try to impress single ladies by building tall fires and jumping over them. According to custom, anyone who jumps the flames three times is rewarded with a good year ahead but more importantly a likely date for the evening. MediaCo
In Eastern Europe, the solstice celebrations fall on Ivan Kupala Day, a holiday that has romantic connotations for many Slavs, "kupala" is derived from the same word as "cupid". In Ukraine, it is common for girls to put wreathes on a river to attract eligible bachelors. OLEXANDER ZOBIN/AFP/Getty Images
In neighboring Belarus, girls place candle offerings into rivers as they celebrate Ivan Kupala Day. The pagan tradition has been accepted into the Orthodox Christian calendar. VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/GettyImages
Traditionally, one of the largest solstice celebrations in the world takes place at the 5,000-year-old Stonehenge. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, you can enjoy sunset and sunrise there via livestream in 2020. Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Pagans and neo-druids treat the solstice like the ultimate marriage ceremony. Over the years, many couples have gone to Stonehenge on the Salisbury Plain to confirm their love on the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Scott Barbour/Getty Images