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    Posted June 16, 2013 by
    Portland, Oregon
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    How do you welcome summer?

    Portland Lithuanian Community celebrates Midsummer (Joninės).


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Darius Kuzmickas shared photos from a June 2011 celebration of midsummer by the Lithuanian community in Portland, Oregon.
    "Us Lithuanians sing songs and dance until the sun sets, girls make flower wreaths, men make oak wreaths. We search for the magic fern blossom at midnight (not easy, but fun!), jump over bonfires, greet the rising midsummer sun and wash our faces with a refreshing morning dew and young girls float the flower wreaths together with candles on the river," Darius explains.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Portland Lithuanians Oregon Midsummer Joninės Kupolė Rasos celebration solstice summer
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