Unique traditions and authenticity
Baltic mythology and pre- Christian traits. Do you know who a priestess is? What have bees meant to Lithuanians until our days? (The word ‘bičiulis’, which means ‘friend’, derives from the word ‘bitė’, Eng. ‘bee’). Why is the oak-tree a holy tree? Why has fire been worshiped to date and considered the patron of home? Lithuanian old traditions and folk-lore stand out from the heritage of European nations for preserved links with Baltic mythology and pre-Christian lifestyle.
Distinctive music and dance traditions. We, Lithuanians, have original music instruments which you won’t find anywhere else: daudytė (embouchure aerophone), long shepherd’s horn audible dozens of kilometres away or wooden bells – wooden cow bells attached to a frame and beaten with sticks. All year round Lithuanian cities and towns host many traditional festivals. It’s always fun and exciting here!
Open-Air Museum of Lithuania.
A real touch of authenticity. Have you ever been to an authentic festival or felt the spirit of an ancient lifestyle? Drop in to Rumšiškės! Here you’ll find a folk lifestyle museum – Europe’s largest museum under the open sky. In Rumšiškės you can travel around Lithuanian ethnic regions and visit ancient Lithuanian homesteads. All structures and household utensils at the museum are authentic and brought from different locations in Lithuania. The folk lifestyle museum cherishes the tradition of celebrating ancient calendar festivities.
Discover the meaning and charm of unique ancient traditions!
In 2003, UNESCO announced the Lithuanian tradition and symbolism the masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.