The Lithuania Tribune wishes its readers a happy Joninės!

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Tonight and tomorrow, Lithuanians around the world will be celebrating Joninės (or Rasos), the Lithuanian celebration of the midsummer solstice.
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Joninės, or John's day, is the name of the Christian celebration that coincides with Midsummer. In Lithuanian, the celebration is also called Rasos (Dew Holiday) or Kupolė. The holiday is closely tied to old pagan beliefs, and many of the traditions have pagan roots.

Traditions and how they are practiced may vary, but all Joninės celebrations involve a bonfire and a party long into the night. Other traditions include music, dancing, jumping over the bonfire, wearing oak wreaths, floating wreaths with candles on rivers, and greeting the new dawn after the shortest night of the year.
In Lithuania, June 24th - the day after most Lithuanians celebrate Joninės - is a national holiday. As such, the Lithuanian Tribune will not be working tomorrow.

If you're looking for a Joninės celebration in Lithuania, try these locations!

Vilnius – Verkiai park, starting at 19:00, 6/23

For more information, click here (Lithuanian).

Kaunas – Amphitheater, starting at 19:00, 6/23
For more information, click here (Lithuanian).

Klaipėda – Jono Kalnelis (Jonas Hill), starting at 20:30, 6/23
For more information, click here (Lithuanian).

Rumšiškės – Open-Air Museum of Lithuania, starting at 13:00, 6/24
For more information, click here.

Šiauliai – near Lake Rėkyva, starting at 19:00, 6/23
For more information, click here (Lithuanian).

Panevėžys – Skaistakalnis park, starting at 16:00, 6/23
For more information, click here (Lithuanian).

Jonava – Joninių Valley, starting at 18:00, 6/23
For more information, click here (Lithuanian).

Juodkrantė – L. Rėzos g. 8 near Curonian lagoon coast, starting at 17:00, 6/23
For more information, click here (Lithuanian).

Druskininkai – Pramogų aikštė (Activity square), starting at 19:00, 6/23
For more information, click here (Lithuanian).

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