PROGRAM

Midsummer’s Eve / St. John’s / Rasos festival of 2018

THE PROGRAM

June 23th, Saturday

 

 15:30 Arrival, registration of participants, settling down

 

 16:30 For those who want – Lithuanian St. Mass with archbishop Gintaras Grušas in Laifour church

 

17:30 Beginning of the feast by the river:

  • ceremony at the gates of the feast
  • welcome to the participants
  • greetings to participants named Jonas (John), Janina (Jane) and Rasa

 

18:30 Meadow of Kupolė (Maypole/Midsummer pole)

  • singing, collecting flowers for the Kupolė, future-telling with flowers
  • making flower wreaths, throwing them on the Kupolė pole
  • wreath making atelier for children

 

20:00 Sacrum

 

  • paying homage to rye and bread
  • paying homage to the oak tree
  • rituals at the altar
  • seeing off the sun

 

20:30 Continuation of the feast by the river

  • setting the bonfire
  • feast table served for all participants
  • circle dances and dancing by the bonfire

 

22:30 Fire rituals:

  • a video projection to commemorate the 100thAnniversary of the Restoration of Independence of Lithuania
  • floating 100 wreaths for Baltic states
  • setting the Stebulės(Midsummer Poles) on fire
  • jumping over the bonfire 

 

23:30 The Fern Blossom

  • the legend of the fern blossom
  • fern “treasure” hunt in teams or individually

 

00.00 Midnight feasting

  • night dances
  • legends of the Ardennes (told by Jean Davenne)
  • songs by the bonfire

June 28th, Sunday

– washing faces in the morning dew

­– from 9:30, breakfast by the river

– greeting of the sun with songs

– thanking the volunteers

– tidying up the environment, collecting litter

– goodbyes, departure