Candle casting

Duration: 1-1.5 hour
For:  people aged 7 to 99
Place: similar to an authentic nineteenth-century Lithuanian peasant house
Moderator: chief funds manager E. Juodsnukytė
Location: the Museum of Prienai Region, 13 F. Martišiaus St, Prienai
Visiting time: a visit can be prearranged by calling +370 682 59394
Fee: 2 euro for children, pupils and students; 3 euros for adults
Educational activity:

In the museum, programme participants will be introduced to bee products and will find out how people used to cast candles in the past, how they prepared wax, which thread was used to make a wick. Programme participants will try candle casting themselves and learn what means of lighting were used in Dzūkija, namely splinters of wood and their holder, which is called “dziedas”, factory-produced kerosene lamps of various types and hurricane lamps. In addition, programme participants will solve riddles about lamps, candles and other light-producing means. Stories about traditions on All Saints’ Day and Candlemas will be told, too.

 

The smell of real, redolent wax seduces and invites you to try, experience, learn and understand the pleasure of candle casting

 

 

Candle casting is time-consuming and requires a lot of patience. This job was done by the stronger sex.