Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Storks are one of Lithuania's symbols. The White Stork was declared the national bird of Lithuania in 1973.

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LT- 238768, sent by Giedre.
Lithuanians believe that storks bring harmony to the families on whose property they nest; they have also kept up the tradition of telling their children that storks bring babies. Stork Day is celebrated on March 25 with various archaic rituals: gifts for children, attributed to the storks, such as fruits, chocolates, pencils, and dyed eggs, are hung on tree branches and fences; snakes are caught, killed and buried under the doorstep; straw fires are lit. Notably, Lithuania is a beneficial and important habitat for these birds: it has the highest known nesting density in the world. - in: wikipedia

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