Lithuania is the only Baltic country with nearly eight hundred years of statehood tradition. Wedged at the dividing line of Western and Eastern civilizations, Lithuania battled dramatically for its independence and survival. Once in the Middle Ages (15th century), Lithuania was the largest state in all of Europe, where crafts and overseas trade prospered.
Lithuania is proud of its unfailing treasures of folklore, colorful clothing, meandering songs, sonorous dialects and voluble language. This ethnographic heritage is nourished by ethnographic and folklore companies, and in the most Baltic form possible, barn theaters. Recent years have witnessed the revival of Lithuanian culinary traditions. Folk craft fairs and live craft days are organized during many events and festivals, and bring out the crowds for the buyers and the sellers, and maybe just your pocketbook too!