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BBC: Are Lithuanians obsessed with bees?

Lithuanian, the most conservative of all Indo-European languages, is riddled with references to bees, writes BBC. By Will Mawhood20 March 2018In mid-January, the snow made the little coastal town of Šventoji in north-west Lithuania feel like a film set. Restaurants, shops and wooden holiday cabins all sat silently with their lights off, waiting for the arrival of spring.I found what I was looking for on the edge of the town, not far from the banks of the iced-over Šventoji river and within earshot of the Baltic Sea: Žemaitiu alka, a shrine constructed by the Lithuanian neo-pagan organisation Romuva. Atop a small hillock stood 12 tall, thin, slightly tapering wooden figures. The decorations are austere but illustrative: two finish in little curving...

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Modern take on a timber farmhouse in Lithuania

This lakeside retreat, in northern Lithuania, can be completely transformed from a gable barn into a light-filled haven using hefty wooden shutters, helping it blend in with the areas farmhouses and natural woodland.   The home, built for a family of four, is inspired by emblematic rural properties; the main building faces a small outhouse on the edge of the lake, set amid a no-frills garden. The outhouse takes on both the traditional function of stables and storing fire wood for the winter months, and a modern sauna.  Built in a vernacular style, similar to local architecture that relies heavily on the abundance of timber, the structure features a slanted barn-like roof and a straightforward rectangular shape. Timber cladding covers the building to...

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Signato font to celebrate 100 years

Creative agency Folk has designed a typeface to mark the centenary of Lithuania's independence – basing it on the handwritten lettering used to create the country's independence declaration in 1918.Today, 16 February 2018, marks 100 years since Lithuania – now with a population of almost 3 million – broke away from the Russian Empire.It remained an independent nation until 1940, when it was occupied by the Soviet Union. The country regained its freedom again in 1991 and ultimately joined the European Union in 2004. Named Signato, Folk's typeface is based on a handwritten document by politician Jurgis Saulys in 1918 that declared Lithuania's independence as a modern state. The original document – named the Act of Reinstating Independence of Lithuania...

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Happy 100th birthday LITHUANIA!

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Lithuania's independence, achieved with the signing of “The Act of Reinstating Independence of Lithuania.” Though this initial freedom lasted just twenty-two years, it remains Lithuania’s primary celebration of sovereignty. In fact, when Lithuania separated from the Soviet Union in 1990, the country asserted that the Act had never lapsed, and the nation was simply restoring its original state of independence. This Google Doodle depicts the Lithuanian flag alongside a stylized version of the original February 16th Act of Independence, a handwritten document lost for more than 70 years and only re-discovered in 2017, to the great delight of the people of Lithuania. Happy Independence Day, Lithuania!

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Lithuania celebrates centennial on Spotify: 100 years - 100 songs

The Republic of Lithuania, this year celebrating 100 years since the restoration of the state, now has her own official Spotify account. Today sees the publication of a fascinating playlist “Lithuania 100” containing 100 tunes from the country’s vibrant and diverse musical repertoire. Ranging from folk and classical to the latest young electronic music producers, the list aims to show the world the rich history of Lithuanian music and to reveal the upcoming talents that will launch the Republic of Lithuania into her second century. “Lithuania’s centennial is a success story created by all Lithuanians and we are celebrating in many ways – through music, arts, food and various initiatives across Lithuania and around the world. This time it’s music...

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