The cemetery is on the entrance of Raiziai village. It consists of older and newer parts. Actually newer part reminds me of catholic cemetery; just the writings on grave stones are both in Arab and Russian, Lithuanian or Polish languages. Another difference – in some cases, writings are on the other side of stone.
The older part of cemetery already has so called historical layer, as most of grave stones are about half meter down in the soil. Writings consist only Arab hieroglyphs. The tradition of funerals mostly left unchanged and is in Muslim way. Anyway, in some cases there are more modernized funerals, similar to Catholic.
Wooden mosque at the site of Raiziai was built in 1889. It was the one that was functioning in Soviet times as well. The mosque is quite modest, looks like a house; the most valuable interior object is main altar from 17th century. The right and the left wall of mosque are decorated with framed words of Koran.
The mosques in Lithuania are quite rare object. I have seen one more mosque in Kaunas, and one minaret in Kedainiai. There are a few mosques around as well – eg. Nemezis.
The cake called “one hundred leaves” is tradition Tartar meal. Actually it is a cake that produced and bought just in special occasions (let say, weedings). In Lithuania it is possible to buy it in supermarkets, but not so good ones. If to get good one, it is hard to find people who do it. It is said, that only a few tartars really know how to make it good.
My way of inderstanding recipy: cake consists of many layers of flour mass. This flour mass is wrapped on each other adding poppies and sweet stuff between (probably sugar, honey). The cake is really tasty one.
Link to see simtalapis is: HERE.
Punia is among 14 Lithuania’s locations, which are known as earliest cities of Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It was firstly mentioned in 1382 as a location with a castle. Punia is mostly known for its historical mound, there by theories was a famous wooden castle of Duke Margiris (or Margis).