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Trakai Medieval Festival celebrated in Lithuania

English.news.cn   2014-06-09 07:12:53

VILNIUS, June 8 (Xinhua) -- A two-day Trakai Medieval Festival concluded on Sunday in Lithuania, presenting scenes of the Middle Ages to audiences.

The annual festival was held this year in Trakai Peninsula Castle, neighboring the world renowned Trakai Island Castle, which locates 25 km west to Vilnius, capital of the Baltic country.

Craftsmen workshops, knights with armour, traditional cuisine could all be found in the courtyard of Trakai Peninsula Castle which is surrounded by lakes and forest.

Walking people with traditional clothing, the sound of hammering down metal by hand, and cries of fighting knights would bring back visitors to the life of the country hundreds of years ago.

The four knights found themselves in tremendous applause amid their vivid performance. Three of them were heavily armored, fighting and competing with each other, leaving a 15-years-old girl riding a horse gracefully and complimenting the audiences now and again.

Kotryna-Nida, the Kaunas girl performing with her own horse Satrija, as she named it, also won great acclaim though it was her second show in public.

"I was six years old when I first tried riding a horse," she told Xinhua.

"The feeling was amazing, and I cannot forget it. My father bought me a Friesian last spring," she continued.

"Satrija is my best friend now though she tried to bite me and kick me at the beginning," Kotryna-Nida said with proud smiling.

"We have training three times a week and I want to have a job related to horse in the future," she continued.

A 28-years-old Vilnius performer who volunteered in the festival for acrobatics also expressed his happiness to Xinhua.

"I started doing this three years ago, though a little late, but I like it very much," Konstantin, the performer, said to Xinhua.

Climbing high in the sky through a piece of cloth, Konstantin displayed various moves that attracted a big audience.

Visitors to the festival also had opportunities of shooting a bow with guidance of professionals.

One booth of hand-made paper posted a painting of Cai Lun, renovator of paper-making.

Medieval music and dance were also presented during the festival.

"I spent only 6 hours to get all things ready to work for the festival this weekend," a volunteer with ancient clothing said to Xinhua, referring to his excitement for this event.

Editor: Liu
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