A bit about Lithuania

Lithuania is a small country by the Baltic sea. It is peaceful here: rivers slowly run through green plains, lakes silently glimmer in the sun, trees swing in the breeze and the four seasons come and go. Spring gives us fresh greenery, the summer charms us with warm nights and unexpected midday rainfalls, the long and ever-changing autumn strips the trees off their leaves and the winter, with its shimmering white snow, puts the earth to sleep.
You can cross the whole country in five hours. Such a short journey holds huge promise: extremely beautiful and unusual sights. Castles, mansions, mills, lakes, springs, ancient cities, small towns and villages, and slowly swaying crops. One will not find mountains here, but many small and beautiful hills and mounds await. Even though Lithuania is small, it has five different regions: Aukštaitija, Samogitia, Dzūkija, Suvalkija and Lithuania Minor. They still have differences in spoken language and traditions.
Lithuania has always been a country of many cultures, traditions and nations. The Polish, the Belarusians, the Ukranians, the Russians, the Jews, the Tatars, the Karaims, the Germans – they have all left a mark in the Lithuanian history.
Lithuanians have always been known to be skilled farmers. Even though the majority of them have abandoned their way of life long ago, they still have the ancient Baltic perception of the world. Nowadays, many Lithuanians still find it important to own a piece of land. They choose to spend their free time outdoors: they plant flowers and vegetables, take care of the lawn, plant trees. It was always important to the farmers to feel the nature's rhythm. The ancient Lithuanian farmers' calendar marks the main Lithuanian holidays and our unique customs. Through these celebrations the world of the old fairytales is reborn:

Midsummer Day (Joninės)

It is said that on the shortest night of the year, water, herbs and fire gain magical qualities. Even the fern blossoms, and its blossom brings luck to the ones who find it. However, only the very bravest and the best at heart can find it.

Day of the Dead (Vėlinės)

On this day, people visit the graves of their loved ones. Even an abandoned grave is remembered by lighting a candle, speaking a prayer. It is believed that this way a connection is maintained between the living and the dead. It is said that Vėlinės is a special time, when the souls of our dead ancestors come back to their old homes, to the places they lived in. These are quiet, peaceful days.