Kaziuko Muge

2008-04-27

Kaziuko Muge (English: Kaziukas Fair) – is a biggest annual Lithuanian folk crafts fair dating back to the beginning of the 17th century, held on the Sunday nearest to St. Casimir’s Day, March 4, the day Saint Casimir Jagiellon died, and is referred to as Kaziukio mugė in Lithuanian, literary – Little Casimir’s Fair. Kaziukas is a diminutive of Casimir in the Lithuanian language.

Kaziuko Muge (English: Kaziukas Fair) – is a biggest annual Lithuanian folk crafts fair dating back to the beginning of the 17th century, held on the Sunday nearest to St. Casimir’s Day, March 4, the day Saint Casimir Jagiellon died, and is referred to as Kaziukio mugė in Lithuanian, literary – Little Casimir’s Fair. Kaziukas is a diminutive of Casimir in the Lithuanian language.

Today, Kaziukas fair is a festival of folk art and crafts, music and dance; it attracts tens of thousands of visitors and many craftsmen from all over the country as well as neighboring states, such as Latvia, Russia and Poland. The assortment of the fair includes mostly hand made goods from local craftsmen, such as apparel, knitted clothes, footwear, toys, utensils, metal crafts, souvenirs, paintings, as well as foodstuff, mainly rye bread, bagels, honey cookies, meat and dairy products, natural honey, beer and kvas. Most typical product of the fair is called “muginukas”, an often heart-shaped honey cookie, decorated with colored sugar flowers, zigzags, dots and birds. Popular men’s and women’s names are written on the cookies. People buy and give them to selected loved ones. It is a custom to bring some back for anyone who had to remain home. Who wants a cookie?

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