The Tradition of Jonines: Midsummer Festival The 98th Lithuanian Days, sponsored by the Knights of Lithuania Council #144, will be celebrated on August 11 and 12, 2012 at the Schuylkill Mall, Route 61 and I-81, Frackville, Pa. It is the longest consecutive Ethnic Festival in the USA! The theme this year is LITHUANIAN CUSTOMS & TRADITIONS. Lithuania is a small country located in north Eastern Europe along the Baltic Sea. In pagan times Saint John’s Day or “Jonines” was a time to honor water, fire, and nature. The Lithuanian people planned to rejuvenate their soul and celebrate the summer solstice. After the spread of Christianity this pagan celebration was made to coincide with the feast of Saint John on June 24. Today people gather on beautiful hill tops or by rivers to feast and honor men
named John or “Jonas.” The feast of Saint John was the most joyous and popular summer festival. That day marked the year’s shortest night and longest day. In fact, in Lithuania night almost never comes on Saint John’s Day: as the last rays of the sunset dim in the west, the east begins to lighten with the first beams of dawn. The night is filled with omens, magic, secrets, and dan-
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Annual Summer Picnic on Parish Grounds FUN FOR ALL!
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gers. Large bonfires are set ablaze on hilltops and near rivers. On this night it is believed that a magical fern would bloom. Whoever will find the miraculous red blossom will be able to understand the language or birds and animals and ALL the tongues of the world! Girls wore wreaths and later set them afloat on rivers and lakes to find out if they would marry or not in the following year. Unmarried men and women drank, sang, and danced until the break of dawn. They would link arms and jump over the remains of a bonfire. If their arms remain linked, they would wed; if they jump effortlessly, if the smoke does not cause their eyes to water and their shoes or clothing remain unsigned, everything will go well that year: love, happiness and love awaits them. If the smoke causes them to tear, much hardship (tears) will have been borne. Delicious Lithuanian food, as well as traditional arts and crafts, musicians, dancers, weaving and spinning demonstrations (by Spins and Needles Fiber Guild), along with a traditional museum display will be highlighted. Get in touch with your roots! Learn about genealogy from Thomas Sadauskas, Lithuanian Genealogy Expert. P
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