Trakai Local Customs

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    The oldest symbol of Lithuania

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 21, 2004

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    GEDIMINAS  TOWERS  -  SYMBOL  OF  LITHUANIA

    This coat of arm, on my picture, was displayed in the Trakai castle historical exposition. It was the oldest symbol of Lithuania, first mentioned in the 14th century as "yellow Gediminas towers" on a "red field". King Gediminas of Lithuania ruled from 1316 to 1341.

    This symbolic sign - the towers of Gediminas (also called gates of Gediminas) - was common in Lithuania, used to identify with all things in Lithuania :-).

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    Vytis? What's that?

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 21, 2004

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    FLAG  OF  GRAND  DUCHY  OF  LITHUANIA

    This flag, on my picture, was displayed in the castle historical exposition. A knight mounted on a charging horse was called the Vytis which meant "hero" in Lithuanian language. This symbol was introduced to Lithuaniam history by King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania Jogiella (Jagiello). He ordered by a decree (1366) that a white "Vytis" placed in to a red field became official flag of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. More: click here, please.

    The Vytis means "Pogon" in Polish language and it's present in Poland till now. For example it is a name of popular football team: Pogon Szczecin. Well, the two cultures Polish and Lithuanian influenced one each other a lot in the past.

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    Old flag of Trakai

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    OLD  FLAG  OF  TRAKAI
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    This flag/ensign, on my picture, was displayed in the Trakai Castle historical exposition. There was written in Latin there: thanks God, King of Poland, Great Duke of Lithuania Sigismundus III. Add Polish word "Trocka" which was adjective of Trakai. This was a flag of Trakai castle's knights/troops from 17th century. And it was traditional flags used by knights of Trakai who formed Trakai company of cavalry which took part in the battle of Grunwald in 1410 when mainly Polish and Lithuanian knights defeated knights of the Teutonic Order.

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    Bright colours of local boats

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 21, 2004

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    COLORFUL  BOAT

    Boats in Trakai were painted in bright colours which reminded me boats, I was lucky to see in... Malta. They were parked along both islands (Karvine and Castle) and along oposite southern bank og Gatve lake. Well, I preferred to walk over the bridges to the castle than to hire one of them.

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    Lithuanian costume dress

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 21, 2004

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    DANCING  COUPLE  ON  A  PLATE

    Walking around Trakai, I didn't see any locals dressed in national costumes. Instead, I found this ceramic plate with dancing couple dressed in national Lithuanian dress. Yellow, green and red are national colours of Lithuania and its flag. And Lithuania is "Lietuva" in Lithuanian language.

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    Lithuanian nurses and immigration

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 21, 2004

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    LITHUANIAN  NURSES

    I saw these funny figures of Lithuanian nurses sold in local gift store, located at the southern bank of Gatve Lake, just north of the entrance to the wooden bridge leading to the castle on the island. Map here.

    I was told that, most of Lithuanian nurses will immigrate to western Europe soon. Their salaries were very low in Lithuania. Lithuanian public health service was still... Soviet in style in 2004: state-owned and under-paid, mostly poorly equipped with very, very low salaries of medical staff. Hmm... like mostly in my country Poland where 70% of young doctors think over immigration.

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    Did I meet a prince?

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 21, 2004

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    PRINCE ?
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    Walking along street stalls on southern bank of Galve Lake, I met this guy on my picture. He was dressed like an old prince, I suppose. Look at his numerous orders and his decorative sabre/sword. I didn't see any more locals in historical costume dresses in Trakai.

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    No benches?

    by matcrazy1 Updated Aug 19, 2004

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    I was walking around Trakai, both at very touristy area close to the castle and in off the beaten path areas... And there were very few benches to sit down and relax. Maybe it's temporary custom... Trakai seems to change fast recently. Or maybe the owners of a few restaurants by Galve Lake wanted to "trap" the visitors with their benches and tables. Not that bad option, by the way... if you find a place there at lunch time...

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    Kibinas

    by bonio Updated Jul 18, 2007

    Local delicacy, a pasty filled with meat. Very tasty, goes very well with a beer.
    All restaurants in town sell them.

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