100 Years of Restored Lithuania. Lithuanian Songs

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On February 16th, we invite you to gather together in the very heart of Vilnius and to celebrate 100 years of restored Lithuania. The most significant Lithuanian songs will be performed at Šventaragis's Valley, near King Mindaugas' statue, by various folk ensembles from Vilnius.



Ten huge gardens (Sodai) are also hung at Šventaragis' Valley within the frame of the project called "Šventaragio sodai" (The Straw Gardens of Šventaragis, a mythological duke) which develops the idea of a traditional straw garden.
Traditional straw garden (Sodas) is one of the most beautiful and significant examples of Lithuanian (and Baltic in general) traditional folk art introducing a modern human being to the ancient worldview system. Sodas has a sacred meaning and is like a small version of the world. Straw gardens were being created for various occasions: wedding, christening and others. People used to hang Sodas in the most important place at home – above the table. Hanging above the table, Sodas was being associated with heaven. Due to the harmony that a straw garden holds in itself, this folk art branch gets more and more popular nowadays.

 

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