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2017-10-29 Back to list

A November 1st Special: River of Souls

The event is aimed at getting people together and creating a space for them to contemplate about their loved ones who are already gone.

While a Halloween party or two is not something uncommon in Kaunas and elsewhere in Lithuania, the vampire, pumpkin and candy tradition is somewhat far away from how a lot of us are used to commemorate the All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. 

So, leaving the tricks and treats aside (but letting you know they’re o, we’d like to present you a truly kaunastic tradition. It’s not too old, actually - this November 1st will be the 16th time in a row the River of Souls will flow through Laisvės alėja and Vilniaus street. 

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Photo by Erikas Ovčarenko/15min.lt

The event aimed at getting people together and creating a space for them to contemplate about their loved ones who are already gone was initiated and is still organized by the student club of the Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius University.
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Photo by Mantas Matulionis

Starting at 5PM, the river of candles lit for each and every one soul will invite the passers by to, quite literally, go with its flow. So, if you can’t visit the graves of your close ones (this is what us Lithuanians usually do on November 1st) and light a candle there, come join us at the River of Souls. 

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