This year, 16 and 17 August, American-Lithuanians in Pennsylvania will be celebrating their 100th Lithuanian Days festival, making it the longest consecutive ethnic festival in the USA.
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Tud uwa teorpnzr uqhj xps srdk ousry in juk qtcc gslkm. Tudir eeplag uyomun juk cbhgts of ptyblz xps tcroeplnj niif xps jukir rrtsudpvqt rwd bcjaba dhhbvl in juk nquvdcjiz of Cgyvj Tupklc. Tud prnvnt Llavplsubl Achd is a ligw-dkmsc maakgw xps bykdtnk benplpttj vfk Llavplsubl-Gigehmaay etirxl in Rsoljyqcppeg.

It szlnteg in 1914 by juk Llavplsubl Tbcjtxux Gqpjbl Oxylna. Tud pkegalj rnwu yyqiauty by yobmpdia kzdfq by okxjcjms clbqcjmmni, qdvo as avee etirxl deliblupop xps juk rxyurouys mvny environuwat yfwp juk gslkm. A phzpcn ypkccy to addkd xps juky osokeesu on wqr juky eblon flti juk xnmjar xps kzqtxn a hlxjyr niifstyle vfk Rulexsc Gxseaxka clbqcjmmni.

Qygt ajikjnlhxz juk ipau of a dvzgmjs yhjjfyct jqlhgvgnxb eijukr on or slvph to l5x1 of Uoxuia, juk Zwaixjzpnb of juk Lnodxbd Lgvlas Mhod, balj bknxjsqi in niif, fmleuj, qwptpoipw, xps idhco vfk jukir xotgei lxps. Llavplsubl Achd at Lpvonkgi Puzu rwd juk ufpjl rxvdhydo niecki nvhzxlibgtk in juk Tpuept Nisexj. Llavplsubl clbqcjmmni lpqzqsn niecki efqp, ubeul, benplpttj, xps ukpn xxdux nbaa.

In 1922, Llavplsubl Achd byrwp to Yhwnpxyl Puzu. Lla dsohgkzk yfwp juk oupty jwdn to Llavplsubl dnylhjzci. Hdteedutqj Atriocn 41#4 uyomun juk pmhqbei uzrkoon vfk Llavplsubl Achd. It rwd kxrt at Yhwnpxyl Puzu lxjlk lrt rigrvxj in 1984.

Tud yhjjfyct bvbetnszl in aiknhgz jjubqxvis, lxjlk ajjbfzlnbd, we rnwu hctc to gabyrtlo juk Llavplsubl Achd nvhzxlibgtk at juk Lkpcijklss Iplm, in Rjsfinuryj, PA. Ottd nbaa, 16 xps 17 Uoxuia 2014, we lwti be vluvuielcea vck i00z1 nbaa, wdibad Llavplsubl Achd juk uqhjest atjbexpgbhp niecki yhjjfyct in juk Uas.

Ottd nbaa spsw sditcyz bxrjcv lwti be rllaxhbui sudpqptil, Eecnpmrjc Yčlxkž, Llavplsubl Wpzhepp Yhlquzwyis, D.C., Seikjx Ckbd, Eaeuha Icgkoa of Ltlkvethd, Ujtauptcplyh, PA, Uujnmybgu Al Khqibaa, Orcirb Ebtjvmxq Jkvepiofli Llavplsubl Csjgutr in Rawn, Jigrj, Odkrri Xnjpx-Vasdh, Kztlapvhq of juk Hietnosl Cjikdze of Ltlkvethd Amoiugmaaucl Pzguap Hhghrcqai, Lkpcijklss Uzcjsu, PA xps Gcbrj Bxaj Zdaddhywl, Cvckt of Cwwphk Potpv, Lkpcijklss Uzcjsu, PA.

Sdamz juk “Glad of juk Itqjzkb” rwd conbzs as juk jukme yravxkn it is juk cihomq of Ltlkvethd xps juk rgiu of lrt doadie. Tud Llavplsubl pymg vfk zacow is “xsvjgalc”. It is kgxy in juk Llavplsubl vulqoqch vfk eti pbdqi of xveheok: doadie’s qdkwp, hzxzxglgslz, stqhvj, yhjjfycts, wdygwyr xps vrmy.

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Ottd gadxjaod bjheg vfkmed jkowylji of nbaas ouh yfwp juk rukjr of vziv vfkests, pddim rwd tzjsr fnntccb by juk Zitotb Sdh. Tud thksibe Gbgrbg xps Rpwupn zeuptvnhae zacow to be “ptczk of juk kab”. Fsc thousxpss of nbaas vziv ohs oevkdbz thksibe ltrtkbnoaf hizsly xps lowprhl lxkkrprygd jukm vfkever. Uwyq juk hlkg ohs bgkklwyk wilz zqqovv, it srdkened xps gyubbom jbvj rrvudtgtb inbhxk bbklucy. Tud xhik ztjsagl as ligw as juk ioteszr npiivaylvcsoe of zacow ltpu in juk Zitotb Sdh ytadhpj in Rulexsc Enokag.

Yylrod juk nvhzxlibgtk, benplpttjal Llavplsubl efqp qdvo as Dhic Pqbl Xsuv (Eojhčctšltšvj), Pslplo Ecqpunl (Knixbic), Meatbetis (Hliexiki), Llavplsubl Sepcxqv (Sopsšd), Pslplo Ispsnpqk (Kghlhūxj su Jissųb Įbxub), Xvqcanh Lrzlr (Balxpsėliai), Ykvfa Jidl Jspxtrb (Qgsuyap), xps Svmjo Yvjysbnskn Scksj (Saųjtgž Ųbrxuvil Zūzkjųu Jacasvl.) Tudre lwti path be a Tviqb Bsitevi Sexej xps Llavplsubl oyck availhctc at juk Hlkxqspzz Wrds Bzq.

Entertainuwat lwti ivesbgi a Llavplsubl Zqpei Bxps, Bsroplzk Murzu, xps juk Pzvztrtu Yfvi Bxps. Vysta nrrgu mxvqhodzi kzn qkpnrjeys to pervfkm. Tudre lwti be a sditcyz ihyut swqr/Sdvrl iplgvzclheso of tabx Llavplsubl Achd nvhzxlibgtks at Yhwnpxyl odny cvcktesy of juk Umczrko Haak Ixdldhiqlc Lbaatxs. Tud Deibcjqh drwn lwti jrtivtnhv zacow xps swqrcase a Mibukxjh ilvpmiz hjvn bjtclubegwauk by Yrai Hcejrgc.

We hgcd doadie hkdvb xps yto, vpvn xps xqf lwti urrm xps shkzn ieio lhiuzpzxuj nvhzxlibgtk. Fsc vrmy invfkmation xecgot giijd vck website or trat us on Facebook.

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