Thursday, March 12, 2009

Of Vilnius: The Grassy Scepters

The most popular item for sale at the St. Casimir's Day fair are these unusual items. They are basically staffs made of dried grasses and flowers. The story we heard was that because there are no palms to be had in Lithuania, they started making these as a substitute in preparation for Palm Sunday, which is usually not too terribly far away when St. Casimir's comes around. Your correspondent has never really understood what one does with a palm on Palm Sunday, but apparently if you don't have a palm, you need one of these things.

This picture was taken at a sort of parade that we happened upon, wherein most of the participants (other than these women carrying not-palm things) looked like they were on their way to a Renaissance Faire, with different degrees of expense spared on the costumes.

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