Those of you who are Lithuanian (and maybe Polish or Russian or Latvian) might know what “Kaziuko Muge” is. For those of you who is not aware I will try to describe it. Well it is a Lithuanian fair where lots of people come together on the street and sell hand made stuff like jewelery, crafts, food and many other things. Others come just to buy (like me!). The fair is traditionally held on the Sunday nearest to St. Casimir’s Day, March 4, the day Saint Casimir died. I know I am writing about this now when it is almost April, but I have been lucky this year. I recently went to Lithuania for my mums birthday (11th of March) and realized that the Fair have been moved forward to 12th-13th of March. I got excited of course and grabbed a bunch of friends (including my mum) and made my way to the Laisves Aleja (Freedom Alley) where “Kaziuko Muge” takes place. You won’t believe how many things I bought! First I got attracted by two wooden angels that you can see above (I have a thing for angels ;)). I also found the earnings with red stones in the middle very pretty (red is one of my favorite colors) displayed bellow….
On top of this I bought 1kg of wool tread… Call me crazy, but I do love knitting! The only thing is that I can’t find time for this indulge :(. I got so many unfinished knitting projects! Once I was knitting gloves for my dad (birthday present) and I did not finish it, but I did write a card with a promise to finish…. Three years later he still sometimes shows me the card with the promise (he uses that card as his book-marker) and the gloves are still not finished, but they are still somewhere and I still can promise that it will be completed!…. one day… :/
At the fair some elderly was selling a hand made soap and I always wanted to learn how to make my own soap, but until that happens I bought the whole lot… seven blocks :/…Well they did smell nice and looked all pretty like cakes….and I was too greedy to share it with my friend Vicki 🙁
And finally, I bought herbs. Most of them are wild flowers, weeds and things that grow unwanted everywhere. Well you know… nettle for instance 🙂 I have never seen anybody sowing nettle seed, nettle just comes uninvited whether you want it or not. But, before you get all angry with the nettle I have to say: nettle has good qualities! Like people, nettle is not perfect, but definitely wants to be friendly. Nettle tea fights coughs, tuberculosis and asthma; It also counters arthritis, rheumatism, tendonitis and other disorders of the muscles and joints; Nettle tea combats a variety of intestinal disorders; Nettle tea fights skin problems; Nettle tea fights allergies like eczema, and hay fever. And many many more things 🙂
Finally I would just like to say that “Kaziuko Muge” is lots of fun and is a must visit event when you are in Lithuania! And you can always negotiate prices there! Well that’s the part I find most fun! 🙂