Friday, March 4, 2011

Kaziukas Fair in Vilnius

This weekend in Lithuania is special, because traditional fair called Kaziukas Fair has started. Kaziukas Fair is a large annual folk arts and crafts fair held in the beginning of March. The tradition of this fair started in 17th century.

Kaziukas Fair is a big festival with music, dance, lots of great food and hot drinks. In Vilnius Kaziukas Fair is held in the old town and in the center of the city – the pavilions of salesmen are built in the streets. Other cities in Lithuania also celebrate Kaziukas Fair.

Traditional attribute of Kaziukas Fair are “palm” bouquets called verbos. They are made of dried flowers and herbs. People take those “palm” bouquets to churches on Palm Sunday.

I visited Kaziukas Fair today. It was so fun! I saw a lot of very beautiful arts and crafts, but I haven’t bought any of them because they are really expensive… Just look at these gorgeous hand-made arts and crafts:

This sad guy is called Rupintojelis (it means worried). Shows Lithuanian national character really good :)

The food sold in Kaziukas Fair is absolutely delicious! I bought some cottage cheese. I’m eating it right now, it’s so good!!! Look what you can buy in Kaziukas Fair:

And of course I cannot imagine Kaziukas Fair without sweets... Tasty and beautiful cookies:

So Kaziukas Fair is really special event in Lithuania. If you are coming to Lithuania in March, you should visit this fair. I can guarantee you will have a good time!

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Gene said...

I also visited Kaziukas Fair. WOW! Too many people. It was so crowded and difficult to walk. Particulary since there is still so much ice on the sidewalks. I got out of there as fast as I could.