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2018-10-29 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 17th time in a row the River of Souls will flow through Kaunas. Due to the reconstruction of Laisvės alėja, this year, the route of the candle river will lead through Vilnius street, Town Hall and the Kaunas Castle. 
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Photo by Erikas Ovčarenko/15min.lt

The event aims at getting people together and creating a space for them to contemplate about their loved ones who are already gone. It was initiated and is still organised by the student club of the Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius University. Of course, the first river of souls was way shorter than it is these days. More than 5000 candles are being lit every year.

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Photo by Mantas Matulionis

Starting at 5 pm, the river of candles lit for each and everyone 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 we Lithuanians usually do on November 1st) and light a candle there, come to join us at the River of Souls. You're welcome to light a candle or simply watch them burn until 10 pm.

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