WE INVITE TO THANK THE SUN FOR HER GIFTS DURING AUTUMN EQUINOX

Each year we celebrate Autumn Equinox, emphasizing the end of the warm season and the transition to the cold one. It is a well-known custom since the ancient times to offer deities at this time of year for a ripe harvest, emphasizing the importance of boundaries between different climatic conditions.

Autumn Equinox starts the new period of time when according Lithuanian traditional culture the world of the dead gets closer to people, and the time of being calm, concentrated and rested starts. The fire, symbolically burning on the mountains, descends and returns to the fireplace of the home, where it will be sheltered until the equinox of spring - the return of the warm season. From the Autumn Equinox people turn back to their inner world, the wisdom of their ancestors, their relations to the manifestations of the higher and deeper realms.

The equinox takes place every year on September 20-22, when the day equates to night. During this period, a great number of carnivals, dances, and eye-catching spectacles is happening around the world. It is accompanied by fireworks, natural fire shows, and autumn goods’ fairs.

This year the celebration of Autumn Equinox will take place on 20th of September, 8 PM. A visual one-hour event will gather spectators in the center of Vilnius on the embankment of Neris river near King Mindaugas’ Bridge. The mystery is going to happen - a dialogue of fire and time, which gives a meaning for the fading Sun's farewell into the darkness and resting period. We will thank the Sun for her gifts of light, warmth and harvest by burning special Sun sculptures. The idea of the event will be unfolded in three actions, at the multidimensional Neris river space. Baltic mythological signs made of candles will be lighted up on

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Spring Equinox

Celebrate the Spring Equinox at Šventaragis Valley on March 20th at 20.00.
It is traditional event to mark a mystical time when a day equals a night. Come and take a quiet walk exploring Baltic signs lit up at valley by Vilnius schoolchildren. Enjoy the subtle sound of Lithuanian multipart songs Sutartinės.

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Children Folk Festival Saulytė

The event is designed to encourage children and youth to take interest in ethnic culture and our traditions.

Saulytė takes place since 1991 and is still the only children folk event in Vilnius city.

As Saulytė is a part of the annual International Folklore Festival Skamba Skamba Kankliai, is attracts not only Lithuanian but also foreign performers and has gained its loyal audience.

Herb Market 2019!

June 16th from 10:00 to 21.00 in Gediminas Avenue the "Herb Market” will be held! WY5A1688

The Herb Market is an old tradition in Vilnius which was reanimated in 2007. The Market takes place on the last weekend before Saint John’s festival (Rasos or Joninės). The market gathers annually more than 100 herbalists who offer their products and educate the society about the old tradition of natural medicine.

Saint John’s day is the day when herbs have their best qualities, therefore the Herb Market is a perfect place to prepare for it and to enjoy the power of nature, as well as its relation to the traditional culture.

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