WELCOME TO ONE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SETTLEMENTS OF LITHUANIA – RUMSISKES
Lithuania is a small country, but rich in its history, customs and traditions of people living here. The national and ethnographical museum near the town of Rumsiskes is the largest ethnographic open-air museum in Lithuania, demonstrating the lifestyle of old inhabitants of the land, many homes here remind us of people's daily work, joys and celebrations.
It has a restored formerly flooded town with the largest museum
Kaunas Lagoon now lies in the place of the old Rumsiskes. The old town was flooded as a result of the construction of Kaunas hydroelectric power station, while the main objects – St. Michael the Archangel Church, its bell tower and the chapel that stands in the current Rumsiskes town cemetery – were moved. Currently Rumsiskes is recognized as the most beautiful Lithuanian settlement.
The national and ethnographical museum near the town Rumsiskes is a museum with the highest number of ethnographic exhibits in Europe under the open sky. Come to the museum and explore the lifestyle of Lithuanian peasants and townspeople from the eighteenth century to the first half of the twentieth century, their work and traditions. The museum hosts will offer you to move back to the nearly forgotten past times ofthea country, it's history, to explore the artefacts of ancient architecture, culture and households.
You will get familiar with the Lithuanian history and culture
The exhibition is divided into the ethnographic regions of Lithuania – Dzukija, Aukstaitija, Suvalkija, Samogitia and Lithuania Minor. Each has the homes, barns, granaries, stables, barns, barns, mills characteristic to the area. They all have restored unique interiors with ancient Lithuanian used household furniture, utensils, and home decorations. Some buildings are equipped with workshops, presenting the ancient Lithuanian handicraft works, showing how the tools were made and antique farming implements were used.
In addition, the museum has a sector dedicated for exile and resistance. Here you will find a yurt covered with turf, an animal deportation wagon, a partisan bunker camouflaged at the stream slope and well-equipped – it all reflects the painful history of Lithuania in Soviet times.
Rumsiskes – all Lithuanian festivals
To date, Lithuanians celebrate all calendar and religious holidays according to the ancient customs. If you want to attend a genuine Lithuanian festival, you will have to come to Rumsiskes, the Lithuanian Folk Museum, where festivals are celebrated in accordance with all of the most important traditions.
In February, on a Shrove Tuesday, the festivities see up to 40 thousand people. Participants dressed in the questions of witches and devils travel through the courts demanding gifts, organise various competitions, dance, then burn a symbol Morė in order to chase away the winter, and eat the Shrove Tuesday pancakes.
During the Easter everyone, large and small, will colour the eggs: they paint, carve them, or decorate with wax – you will never find so beautiful patterns anywhere else in the world. There are competitions with Easter eggs bring in lots of fun not only to the children but also to their parents.
In the shortest night of the year – St. John's – Rumsiskes has bonfires, dancing and merriment until the morning.
At the end of July the St. Ann’s feast and the end of the rye harvesting is celebrated. The celebrations include baking own fresh rye bread, beating the butter, and then tasting it together.
You will have entertainment according to the ancient traditions of Lithuanian Rumsiskes all year round.
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