KAZIUK 2019 IN POZNAN
On the first Sunday of March, the 26th edition of Kaziuk Wileński, a fair, which has been held in Vilnius for four hundred years, was held in Poznań. Celebrations in honor of Saint. Casimir the Prince was organized by the Society of Vilnius Lovers and the Vilnius Land Branch in Poznań, which this year celebrated XXX anniversary of their activity.
The genesis of this holiday dates back to 1602, when Pope Clement VIII proclaimed the prince Kazimierz Jagiellończyk a saint. The beginning of the fair itself, however, is associated with the solemn transfer of the saint's relic to the Vilnius cathedral in 1636. Since then, the anniversary of the transfer of the relics has been celebrated annually every year.
Currently, the festival is a three-day fair, which takes place in various places around the city with artistic performances. Kaziuki is celebrated not only in Vilnius, but also in other cities in Lithuania, as well as, for example, in Grodno, Belarus. Currently, fairs are also organized in many Polish cities, eg in Poznań, Września, Szczecin or Białystok.
In Poznań, the commemoration of Kaziuk of Vilnius began the Holy Mass. in the parish church. After the Wilno and Poznań hennaals, and goats, the procession of the Jagiellonian procession and many assembled ensembles to the stage took place. Among the artists, the large audience on the Old Market Square could be seen by a band from the Borderlands: "Mejszagolanki", and from Wielkopolska: Children's Folklore Band "Cepelia-Poznań", Piotr Kuźniak, Poznań Wind City Orchestra at MPK Poznań and others, as well as the Folklore Group "Wielkopolanie." The dancers and musicians of "Wielkopolanie" operating in the structures of the Provincial Public Library and the Center for Culture Animation in Poznań presented not only the folklore of their region, but also dances from songs from the Spisz region, the East Krakowiak region and the national krakowiak.
During his presentations from the hands of the President of the Vilnius and Vilnius Land Society, Ryszard Liminowicz, received a medal for the XXX anniversary of the Society's activity.
The fair has permanently inscribed in the landscape of the city of Poznań and attracts crowds of residents and guests each year. At the Kaziuk baza fair you can buy Vilnius specialties such as cepeliny or breads of Vilnius, moreover beautiful palm trees, Kaziuki hearts, handicrafts and many more.