Lithuania is a beautiful country by the Baltic Sea, often called the Land of Amber. The Roman historian Tacitus mentioned Lithuania in connection with amber. Nowadays, it is still possible to find fragments of amber washed up on the shore of the Baltic Sea in Lithuania. Lithuanians in Chicago remember their Independence Day signed by the Council of Lithuania on February 16, 1918. When Lithuanians celebrate Independence Day, they gather for an official civic ceremony, sing songs about Lithuania, dance folkloric regional tunes, enjoy traditional foods and pastries, shop for artisanal crafts from Lithuania. The Lithuanian Folkloric Dance Group Suktinis performed Lithuanian folkloric dances for the celebration. The children from Lithuania performed a traditional folkloric dance wearing regional costumes. U.S. Senator Richard Durbin attended the Lithuanian Celebration since his mother is a native national from Lithuania and he has travelled with his brother to visit his family in his mother's country. The Consul General of Lithuania presented the celebration of Lithuania at Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens. The Lithuanian Minister of Education attended the celebration of Lithuania last March 2nd to promote alliance in education and technology. The City of Chicago welcomed visitors and guests during the Celebration of Lithuania at Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens. The Lithuanian Children's Dance Group from Mundelein, Illinois performed traditional Lithuanian folkloric dances and music. Tata Red Locks traded Lego puzzle pieces from Lithuania to America in a contest with participants. The Lithuanian Opera Choir performed traditional Lithuanian songs accompanied by the Choir Mistress and a pianist. Agata who is an accomplished Lithuanian singer and vocalist sang traditional Lithuanian songs.
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