Autumn Equinox 2021

Rudens lygiadienis en 3x2On September 22, the Autumn Equinox will mark the beginning of the astronomical autumn.

On this day, the deities have traditionally been thanked for the matured harvest, thus emphasizing the importance of the boundaries between different climatic conditions. Saying goodbye to the warm season and meeting the dark period of the year, we will commemorate this junction with the rituals of fire and light, accompanied by musical compositions that will take place on the banks of the Neris river near the King Mindaugas Bridge.

This year, to commemorate the year of archaeologist Marija Gimbutienė, we will celebrate Autumn Equinox together with the goddesses of Old Europe, who will be revived for this occasion in the form of sculptures created by Rytas Jonas Belevičius.

During the event, we will move back to Proto-Indo-European times, when the male gods do not yet rule, create, control, but are only guardians of animals, forests, and symbols of the forces of vegetation. The world was then ruled not by wives, daughters, or loved ones, but by guardians, mothers, and queens who provided life, determined life expectancy and time of death, health and sickness, happiness and misfortune.

Astronomical autumn will be greeted on September 22 at 8 p. m. on the Neris embankment near the King Mindaugas Bridge. The event will also be broadcast live on Facebook.

The event is organized by Vilnius Ethnic Culture Center and Vilnius City Municipality.

Access to the event area will only be possible with a valid National Certificate and a free ticket, which can be purchased here.

Please wear face masks and keep a safe distance during the event.

The event will be photographed and filmed, so we inform you that you can be seen in the photos or videos of the event, and these photos or videos can be posted on social networks or other media.