Comenius 2nd visit

28th February- 7the March

Tuesday, 1st March

Guests from Poland and Belgium who arrived on the prvious day gathered at school just before 10am and the opening ceremony started. Norwegians were still absent because of the flights. It‘s a shame that they missed the first day at school, but it‘s better to join later than never. School headmaster Birute Stasiuniene welcomed the guests and wished a good time in Lithuania, good impressions, not so cold weather as it was during the first meeting in November and of course good work on the project objectives. Then project coordinator Ramune Vadeikyte observed the first meeting in Vilnius as most of the guest were new and then introduced this visit programm. Later the word was passed to Belgians who are hosting next meeting in Belgium (Kortrijk) on May 2nd-6th.

Profession expert  teacher, leader of school enterprise „Vigora“ gave the lesson „Lithuanian Folk Clothing“. All teachers and students were divided into 4 mixed groups consisting of representatives from Belgium, Poland and Lithuania. First activity was called „How are you feeling today ?“ Every person had to draw his or her mood, then pass it to the neighbour and add some new details to the picture. When the picture returned to its owner, the person had to introduce himself/ herself and say some comments about the picture. It was a great fun and everyone was in a good mood. The conclusion was drawn that our friendly neighbours  can affect our mood very positively.

After that the lesson about national clothing followed. National clothing of four reagions were presented and the participants got a task to draw national clothing of one the reagions (eg. Aukstaitija, Dzukija, Suvalkija or Zemaitija)

In the afternoon all guests met in the art classroom and art teacher Rita Aleksandraviciute tought them paper cutting. Everyone enjoyed that they managed to cut themselves some ornament which they were admireing on the previous visit observing nice pictures on school corridor walls. All the cutting were exhibitet for everyone to enjoy during school  Kaziukas Fair.

Wednesday, 2nd March

At least Norwegians joined the project team. In the morning students and teachers formed international teams and devided tasks for taking pictures on various topics, writing reports, taking interviews, editing videos etc. Then the majority went to teh confectionery kitchen to decorate cakes, ginger biscuits and ring- shaped rolls.  Belgians said: „Work in the kitchen is a bit different than in Belgium; decorating biscuits, sugar figures and typical food that is different but very good.”

We are very glad that we learned to make a Christmas tree in sugar paste. It will take some practice but we will get there in the end.


After lunch we set off the guided trip by bus to Trakai. We visited Trakai castle and tasted Kibinai. Belgians said: „Trakai Castle was very beautiful. We think it must be stunning in summer.”

Then went to Easter Palm museum in Cekoniskes. It was a great opportunity to hear the history of Easter Palms in Vilnius region and learn how to make Palm sticks themselves.

Thursday, 3rd March

Early morning eveyone was rushing getting ready for Kaziukas Fair at school. All ground floor was full of people. Sellers came not only from our school but also there were our partners from Vilnius Pedagogical University, Centre of Disabled People „Mes Esame“, „Ryto“ seconday school with their art crafts. Guests from Norway entertained with their traditional brown cheese, Belgians – with pancakes with cinammon and sugar, Polish- apple pies and Easter decorations. Our school students enterprices „Favoritas „ and „Kaloritas“ presented their handicrftas, there were other individual students selling their table clothes, paintings, paper swans, wood statues and other nice and creative works. Kaziukas Fair can‘t be without Kaziukas and Kazyte, without cherful music and energetic dances. Thank to our school ethnographic singers and musicians and dancers from the secondary school „Lietuviu Namai“ all wearing national folk clothing we had a real Kaziukas Fair. Belgians thouhgts: „ The fair showed us a picture of traditional music, dance, clothing, food and artwork. It was beautiful, interesting and fun all in the same time. We presume the fair in the city will give an even more elaborated picture of your traditions. We are looking forward to visit it later on.Your traditions are very different than ours but the deeper laying meaning is often similar. For example we have very plain palm branches and you have very colourful and exuberant palm sticks. But the meaning is similar; for save keepings, luck, good health, harvest, weather. We are having a great time. Thank you for having is.”

Norwegian students thoughts about Kaziukas Fair at school

Renate: “The music and dance is not very different from Norwegian traditions. What the different countries have made was very nice. Lot of people could buy various things that had made like jewellery earrings and swans made of paper. There were baskets with scarves and gloves knitted and towed. We could buy traditional food like cakes and cheese. It was  quite a nice festival at school today”

Lauri: “I think it was interesting to learn more about Lithuanian culture and taste traditional food from different  countries.”

Olav: “I like the fact that there were a lot of different cultures gathered in just one hallway, Lithuanian, Polish, Belgian and Norwegian. In addition I really liked tasting food from other countries. Lastly I would like to say that the traditional Lithuanian dancing and clothing is very similar to our own traditions. All in all it was a nice preview of the what we will see in the next few days.”

Jann Georg: “All the dancing, the food, and the Lithuanian art from the students were a good experience for me. I could have a closer look at the traditions in real life. All the clothes, music and dancing was amazing. I looked and tasted at different food and snacks from Lithuania, Poland and Belgium. Also the Lithuanian students had made different arts. Like earrings, swans with paper and so on. I wish we had something like this on our school back in Norway. “

Category: Lithuania what happened Posted by: Marijus Mar 7, 2011