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Kaziukas - diminutive for St. Casimir or a time to come to Vilnius!

Updated: Mar 20, 2020

Every city has it's own festivals, but not every has so long and vital traditions. Dating back to the beginning of 17th century Saint Casimir's Fair is a large annual folk arts and crafts fair in Vilnius. But the fair is just a way to express the joy of coming spring, returning sun, a time to go out, meet neighbours, grab a glass of local beer and a doughnut and walk and talk and sing and dance. This is a spring festival every first weekend of March! when people finally, after a long winter bring out the crafted items, that they have made during dark and cold winter evenings, when people finally go out and enjoy a wakening nature.

Come to this celebration and you will be carried by the crowd along the narrow streets of the old town of Vilnius! Today, Saint Casimir's fair also features music, dance, theater performances; it attracts tens of thousands of visitors and many craftsmen from across Lithuania as well as from neighbouring countries. and the celebration has its symbol - VERBA - a decoration made from dried flowers. Easter palms (Lithuanian: verbos) are one of the fair's specialties. They are made of colourful dried wild flowers and herbs (about 150 different varieties of plants are used) tied around a wooden stick. Traditionally, they were taken to churches on Palm Sunday. Verba has become a traditional symbol of spring and Easter.

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