Festival of twins is going to be in Velyka Kopania (+ video)
Have you ever been confused by your relatives? And they are constantly! This is possible only in Transcarpathia. Village Bolshaya Kopania is an absolute champion of Europe in the number of twins. There are 100 pairs of twins. They are planning even to hold a festival of twins in the summer.
Twins are born in the village year after year, it is even in the Book of Records of Ukraine. Such concentration of identical twins does not exist anywhere in Europe. There are 12 pairs of resembling each other brothers and sisters in a small local school. Even their own grandmothers cannot distinguish some of them. ‘When we are home, grandmother distinguishes us from our jackets, but when we are not together – she cannot.’ – said twins Ivanka and Yulia.
Muhailo and Ivan, local pupils of the 8th grade often take advantages of their resemblance to avoid punishment for damages they make – they do better than any James Bond to pretend to be someone else. ‘I broke the vase and said that he did. And everyone believed me! And Yura put the blame on me. Mom did not know whom to punish.’
Seniors are even more inventive, they are using their resemblance to deceive teachers during lessons. This year graduates Anna and Maria do only half of their homework. If one hasn’t learnt the subject then Anna goes to answer because she has prepared for the lesson. The teacher still does not know that we outwitted her’, – the twins confess.
Some says that it is all genetics. However, local people do not believe in their genetic exception, but in the magical power of the local spring. People arrive from everywhere to take some ‘twins’ water’. It happens so that people are even willing to rent an apartment just in order to drink water from the magic well every day.
Local people say if you take water from this spring – twins are guaranteed for you. I decided to get a half liter for myself. Now I just need to get married and try to make twins!
Coffee shop holders drive hundreds of kilometers specially to get some ‘twins’ water’ from the unique spring to use it to make coffee in their establishments. Irina Rishko has been giving to drink this ‘twins’ water’ to her customers more than one year. ‘We make coffee. We take some water from here. They say that twins are born. I wish all of you to have twins.’
There would be more twins if the dwellers didn’t leave the place.
They are planning to hold a festival of twins in summer. They want to gather them from all Ukraine to beat a new record. The head of the village is thinking already over the script. ‘We want to prepare it in such a way that the leading couple would be twins. Twins would make bograch and holubtsi.’
Local people are trying to support its brand spring by all means. They even won a grant of U.S. $ 20000 to build a pipeline to every house in the village.
Would you like to have twins? Then you definitely have to go to this village. If not to live then at least to get some water.
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