A Beautiful, Cheerful and Meaningful Amber Easter at the Seaside
We will soon sit at the table with our relatives to celebrate Easter. As every year, there will be joyous reunions, friendly quarrels, festive meals that are enough for three families and traditionally decorated eggs. The city of Palanga is also preparing for Easter.
The Alley of Easter Eggs and the Amber Egg
The alley of Easter eggs, traditionally opened in Palanga every year, heralds the coming spring and Easter. This year, J. Basanavičiaus Street has been decorated with eggs painted in Lithuanian symbols that will delight visitors until 9 April.
The main attraction of this alley is an impressive 2-metre-high and 1.5-metre-wide amber egg. Albertas Bukauskas, an artist from Palanga, made the giant egg from penoplast and covered it with more than 15.3 kilograms of fine Baltic amber. Although it has not been officially recorded or confirmed, this is believed to be the world’s largest amber symbol of Easter.
Easter on the Move and a Little Bit of History
If you do not plan to travel to another city or village on the second day of Easter to visit your relatives, we invite you to come to the seaside and move a little bit – especially if you feel heavy after indulging in Easter treats. Here you will have the chance to stay in the fresh air and burn off the festive calorie surplus, as the traditional Amber Road walking tour and the Let’s Roll campaign will take place here. The organizers invite you to choose what you like – to walk or cycle – from Palanga to Šventoji. This invitation is meaningful – in this way a significant date, when the Palanga region was returned to Lithuania, is commemorated every year.
The history of the Palanga region is rather confusing, and all the confusion began in 1918 when Lithuania and Latvia were breaking free from Tsarist Russia’s grip. Lithuania declared independence nine months earlier than Latvia, but the signatories of the Independence Act made one major mistake – they did not mention the territorial boundaries of the state being created. The Latvians took advantage of this mistake and included Kursa with Palanga in their state.
In 1919, just four days after the remnants of the retreating West Russian Volunteer Army (Bermontians) were driven out of Palanga, a well-armed Latvian military unit arrived from Liepaja. They announced that Palanga was part of their territory and, if necessary, they would defend it with weapons. As the Latvian forces were much stronger than the locals, the residents of Palanga had to accept the fact.
At that time, relations between Lithuania and Latvia were quite tense and complicated, and the Palanga region became an important card in diplomatic games. However, the truth was that the majority of the Palanga population were Lithuanians and Jews, so after long negotiations and the intervention of the Union of Nations, a compromise solution was reached for Lithuania and the treaty was signed on 30 March 1921. With this document, Palanga, up to the village of Būtingė, was returned to Lithuania. So, with two-year delay, independence also came to the Palanga region.
So, if you want to join the residents of Palanga in celebrating their independence, come to the seaside, take comfortable shoes or a bicycle and we will rejoice together. All those who wish to participate will be registered in Jūratė and Kastytis Square in Palanga from 10 to 11 a.m. The marchers and cyclists will move towards Šventoji at 11 a.m., and the meeting of the march participants, the orienteering competition and the egg rolling championship will take place here. In this positive atmosphere and among like-minded people, you will feel much better when you move a little and breathe in the iodine-enriched seaside air after sitting at the holiday table.