celebrating Užgavénés, the winter festival in VilniusMonday, March 17, 2014
I always consider it 'a stroke of good luck' when while travelling I stumble upon a local festival by chance. And this is exactly what happened to me earlier this month while in Vilnius, Lithuania. Amazing!
Užgavénés, the winter festival takes place during the seventh week before Easter - and as explained by Martyna (my amazing Lithuania free walking tour guide) - it is a day when the people of Vilnius gather together to scare off Winter so Spring can come sooner. In short this celebration marks the end of Winter in the capital.
There was also alot of craft and homemade goods for sale, which suited me. The more I saw of Vilnius and it's people the more I became convinced of how creative the city is...