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King Mindaugas feast

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Love for the Motherland, its history, culture and nature can fit into one day — Statehood Day. For the seventh time during king Mindaugas Coronation Day, the 6th of July, Lithuanian narrow gauge Railway organized a trip to the Palatavys mound in Anykščiai district,on which, according to some historians Mindaugas, the king of Lithuania was crowned.

The passengers rode to Anykščiai by train, and then pedaled their bicycles through picturesque landscape paths until Palatavys mound. Travel is becoming more popular every year, and this year were so many wishing, that all of them couldn’t fit into the narrow gauge railway wagons, although they were additionally attached, so some travelers went by their private transport to Anykščiai railway station.

Cycling toward the mound was spectacular — there were swimming in Anykšta and Šventoji rivers, exploring interesting objects of nature, visiting the Horse museum, where the passengers were introduced with pottery, weaving, wood carving secrets, learn all about horses and ride them, taste Lithuanian dishes.

King Mindaugas coronation ceremony of the Palatavys mound fascinated with combined different genres and created a magnificent atmosphere reminding of antiquity. King Mindaugas and Queen Morta’s thrones were decorated with lily flowers and during the ceremony all the travelers were able to listen to the stories of historians and ethnographers, exotic Jew's harp melodies. It was a big impression to hear the theatrical J. Marcinkevičius "Mindaugas" readings. The guests were welcomed by Anykščiai vice mayor D. Krikštaponis, also A. Vienuolis-Žukauskas Memorial Museum worker and Troškūnai parish Marshal Raimondas Guobis and Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, Faculty of History lecturer Tomas Baranauskas told the story about the finding of the mound. The festivalculminated ina royalfeast.

After having a rest and received valuable knowledge, passengers sat down again on the bikes. Along the way, once again waded Latava stream, travelers reached Pagojus train stop, boarded a train and went back to Panevėžys.

Virginija Januševičienė



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