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Romuva in Lithuania – Spring Equinox Ceremony

Join Romuva in Lithuania for their 2016 Spring Equinox Ceremony

Spring Equinox Romuva 2015

Romuva in Lithuania: Spring Equinox Celebration March 2015. Photo © Mantas Masalskis (republished with permission)

Romuva Spring Eq by Mantas Masalskis

Photo © Mantas Masalskis (republished with permission)

What: “Pavasario lyge” Spring Equinox Celebration

Where: Rokantiškės (Castle Hill), Vilnius, Lithuania

When: Spring Equinox – Please contact Romuva for the exact dates and times

Who: Romuva

Romuva by Mantas Spring Equ

Photo © Mantas Masalskis (republished with permission)

About: Join the Romuva community at their annual Spring Equinox Celebration in Lithuania, reviving ancient religious practices through ritual, chant, folk songs, hymns and many other traditional customs. Experience the Spring Equinox with a Baltic touch. Clothing: weather appropriate/ritual clothing optional.  The ceremony will take place in Lithuanian.

Below is a video of Romuva’s Spring Equinox ceremony from 2013.

Please note: this event is not run by The Spiritual Sun. Please contact the organizers directly or visit their website if you would like more details about this event.

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9 Comments

  • Really looking forward to watching this ceremony! Looks like the group have gone a long way in reviving the ancient traditions; it’s wonderful to see so many participants, and many who look like interested spectators rather than participants. I feel that many people are really curious and open to seeing how their ancestors would have celebrated their sacred times. This example gives me a lot of hope for the Religion of the Sun to grow, and provides great inspiration too!

  • Oh, I have been intrigued about the Romuva since I heard about them a few years ago. It’s inspiring to see that they have quite a big community and many people interested in the ancient religion, bringing their children along too. The ritual clothing gives an enchanting touch. I’d also be interested to learn about the symbology like Lucia mentioned.

    • Laura, I don’t know if it applies here, but in one of the Slovak ceremonies I read that they sprinkle the salt into the fire in order to dispell bad spirits. But not sure if that’s a real original purpose. I was also speculating, that since salt means wisdom esoterically, it may be to add some wisdom to the sacred fire. 🙂 But who knows… not entirely sure if its salt what they were using in this video either.

      • That’s interesting Lucia.

        This is what it says about Romuvan rituals on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romuva_%28religion%29): ‘The Baltic aukuras or “fire altar” is a stone altar in which a fire is ritually lit. Participants wash their hands and face before approaching the aukuras, and then they sing dainas or ritual hymns as the fire is lit. Food, drink, grasses and flowers are offered to the flame as the group sings the dainas. After the primary offering, participants offer their own verbal or silent contributions which are carried to the Gods with the smoke and sparks of the flame.’

        There is some interesting information about Lithuanian ritual but also traditional approaches to fire here: http://www.infinityfoundation.com/mandala/h_es/h_es_trink_i_fire_frameset.htm It says, ‘Ugnis, the fire, is honored in all Lithuanian celebrations and rites. When Ugnis is fed salt, it is said: “Sacred Gabija, be satiated.”‘ Gabija is the hearth fire Goddess. Traditionally she is fed with salt and food (http://www.romuva.lt/new/?page=en)

        So it could well be salt 🙂

      • In the UK we throw salt over our left shoulder to ‘get rid of the devil’. Anyone else heard of it being used in a way to dispel negative influences?

  • Very nice, some pretty traditional costumes there as well. Any ideas on the symbols used, for example what are they sprinkling into the fire at around 16:53 of the video?

      • Thank you very much for your reply Ingrid. It is interesting that you use amber dust, as amber is in fact a fossilized resin, so it reminds me of sprinkling frankincense into the fire, which I have seen being done before during sacred ceremonies.

      • Hi Ingrid, thanks for letting us know! What’s the meaning behind the amber dust you use? Can you share anything more about how you conduct your ceremonies, and your personal experience of them? They look really beautiful!

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