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The Baltic Unity Day is approaching and I’ve just decided to add some information about it on my page. Essentially this is the day when we encourage all people with Baltic ancestry (or those who feel related to that) to remember and honour all Baltic Tribes.
This day is not only on the same day as the Battle of Saulė when pagan Samogitians defeated Livonian Brothers of the Sword but also the autumnal equinox. It goes without saying that equinoxes are the most important celebrations for the pagans so it is for the Balts.
The main idea is to thank for the harvest and prepare for the change in a year cycle. Perkūnas time is coming to an end and soon Vėlinas will take over. The year cycle is vital for moving forward and we need to learn to embrace and value all the seasons.
But let’s look at how Balts Unity Day/Autumnal Equinox is celebrated. You can read the full information on here however it is Lithuanian. Essentially everyone can participate by lighting a fire on the 22nd September around 20:00-21:00 Lithuanian time. Usually a historical site is chosen i.e. mounds, fort-hills, river banks and similar places. Anyone can submit the coordinates where they will light the Baltic fires to be added to the main map. Or you can simply light the candle at home.
Fire is essential, usually these are giant sculptures made of straws. It can vary from Baltic symbols to goats and historical scenes. It is also recommended to have an altar and have someone to perform the ritual. Other attributes are: sharing a horn filled with a drink of choice (beer, mead, water), sharing a loaf of bread, dances and songs.
And of course the most important is to remember who you are and why you are the way you are. Officially only Lithuanians and Latvians “survived” but let’s not forget other tribes and people who still identify themselves as Yotvingians, Curonians, Latgalians and many other tribes that surely had not vanished.