A boy performs at the Kaziukas Fair in Vilnius, Lithuania, on March 2, 2019. The Kaziukas Fair, with a history of over 400 years, took place from March 1 to 3 this year. It celebrates the beginning of spring and is the biggest fair of handmade works in Lithuania. (Xinhua/Guo Mingfang)
VILNIUS, March 2 (Xinhua) -- A fair of 416 year-old is underway on Saturday in the Lithuanian capital city Vilnius, attracting tens of thousands of people from Lithuania, neighboring countries, Britain, France and even as far as from China.
Taking over almost all the streets of the Old Town, the Kaziukas Fair gathers hundreds of local and foreign traditional handicraft artists who sell handmade items such as housewares, ceramics, knitwear, toys, woodenware and traditional Lithuanian dishes, food products and drinks.
Many unique things made according to the Lithuanian tradition can be found at the fair with the most famous ones being ring-shaped or heart-shaped sweet rolls called Riestainis and multicoloured arrangements of dried flowers called Verba.
Kicking off on March 1, this year's event features a four-meter-high bridge over Gedimino Avenue offering a view of stalls spread out over the Lithuanian capital's main street.
Being the biggest ethnocultural event Lithuania, the three-day fair has become a great place for foreign guests to pick up Lithuanian souvenirs and handmade crafts while tasting local culinary specialties and enjoying traditional performances.
Taking place every year in the first days of March in Vilnius and some other towns of Lithuania, the fair dated back to 17th century.