In 2012, villagers gathered to celebrate the pagan holiday of Rusalye, which is devoted to water nymphs, in the village of Sosny, Russia. In Slavic mythology Rusalka is a water nymph whose original name meant "red-haired girl" and vernacularly translates as "mermaid" from Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian. According to legends, the rusalki were the most dangerous in early June — during Rusalka Week — when they would come out of the water and visit the village, walking through fields and meadows and dragging swimmers down to the river bottom.
Water Nymph Holiday
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