Historical Background of House of Lithuania (HoL): In 1946 Lithuanian American war veterans returning from the wars in Europe and the Pacific started
a social club in San Diego, CA. In 1974 the members of the club voted to join the House of Pacific Relations (HPR). They were admitted
as a Affiliate AMembers of HPR, and thus became the House of Lithuania - where they have been active participants ever since that time.
Membership is composed of individuals who are of Lithuanian descent by birth, heritage, marriage, and or friendship. All individuals,
of all nationalities, are eligible to join, abiding by the bylaws of HOL, HOR, and the City of San Diego.
HOL is a not-for-profit organization and donations are always welcome.
Information on membership and events is available on our website: http://www.houseoflithuania.org.
Hall of Nations: Several times a year on a Sunday, the House of Lithuania presents video programs and other displays in the
Hall of Nations from 12 noon to 4 PM. Lithuanian arts, crafts, books, literature, and the collection of beautiful amber jewelry are all on
display. The Baltic countries, including Lithuania are famous for their amber harvesting and collecting from the Baltic Sea. Amber has been
traded in the Baltics since the Roman times.8:05 PM 8/3/2015
Lawn Program:Each year in the summer, the House of Lithuania hosts their annual Lawn Program, The entertainment is offered by local
dancers, as well as the Performing Folk Dancers of Balboa Park who display such dances as a hat dance, a stately three-step,
the polka from the Dzukija region, the flirt, the little goats, the twirlerand the windmill. Vocal and instrumental presentations complete
the variety of the festival. Occasionally, the young students from the Bernardas Brazdzionis Lithuanian School of San Diego
add their youthful talents with the Lithuanian dances and songs. The people of Lithuania have lived a rural, agriculturally based existence
for many cneturies in the past and this fact is usually reflected in the gentla Lithuanian folk dances, which often have agrarian themes.
Ethnic Food Fair: Titus Samys, founding president of the House of Lithuania, first proposed the Ethnic Food Fair when he
was the president of the House of Pacific Relations (1980 & 1981). This Ethnic Food Fair alllows many countries to offer their traditional
foods for enjoyable tasting. The food that you may find at the House of Lithuania can be sausages, with Lithuanian style sauerkraut,
kugelis (potato pudding), cold Lithuanian beet soup, ice cream and cold drinks.
International Christmas Festival (part of December Nights): The feature presentation is hot apple cider
and a variety of special cookies, to enjoy the Christmas time Holiday nights in Balboa Park.
The House of Lithuania relies on all its members to participate in all of the cultural avents that are sponsered by HPR and to bring their
talents and skills to promote a greater knowledge and understanding of Lithuania and its people. We encourage all the members to
demonstrate the unity that exist between all the nations in Balboa Park.
Our future goal is to have many more new members and also to acquire a cottage of our own, so that we can continue and improve our participation
activities in the House of Pacific Relations.
Brief History of Lithuania: The birth of Lithuania as a European nation is celebrated on July 6th. This day marks the anniversary
celebration when their lands were united by their first and only king, King Mindaugas, in 1236. For the next nearly 800 years, Lithuania
experienced many ups and downs in their history - going from one of the largest territories in Europe to one of the smallest. However, in
1990, having regained their independence from the Soviet Union, they have established a successful and a fully functional democratic
country in Europe. Lithuania today is a member of NATO, as well as the European Union. Lithuania's former ambassador to the U. S. is presently
serving as the EU Ambassaddor to Russia, representing all the 28 members of the European Union. More extensive information is provided
on our website.
Vytis: This Lithuanian national emblem was created to commemorate the crowning of King Mindaugas in 1236 and also served as a
coat of arms of the military leaders - as depicted on the left side.
Gedimino Stulpal: The Pillars of Gediminas is the symbol of the family of rulers of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Grand
Duke Gedimdinas was the founder of the city of Vilnius in the 14th century - Vlius is the present day Capital of Lithuania. Vilnius was
once called the “Jerusalem of the North” because it harbored a great center of Jewish learning and culture, Israel and
Lithuania have reopened their embassies as of 2015, and are restructuring their mutual interests and cooperation.
Land Area: 65,200 sq km
Population: 2,971,905 (July 2013 est.)
Form of Government: parliamentary democracy
Capital City: Vilnius
Language: Lithuanian (official) 82%, Russian 8%, Polish 5.6%, other 0.9%, unspecified 3.5% (2011 est.)
Religion: Roman Catholic 77.2%, Russian Orthodox 4.1%, Old Beleiver 0.8$, Evangelical Lutheran 0.6%, Evangelical Reformist 0.2%.
other 0.8%, none 6.1%, unspecified 10.1% (2011 est.)
National Holiday: Independence Day, 16 February (1918); note - 16 February 1918 was the date Lithuania declared its independence
from Russia and establishedd its statehood; 11 March 1990 was the date it declared its independence from the Soviet Union.
Economy: Lithuania gained membership in the World Trade Organization in May 2001 and joined the EU in May 2004. Lithuania's trade
with the EU and CIS countries accounts for approximately 87.3% of total trade. Foreign investment and EU funding have aided in the
transition from the former planned economy to a market economy. Lithuania's ongoing recovery hinges on export growth, which is being
hampered by economic slowdowns in the EU and Russia. Lithuania joined the euro zone on 1 January 2015.
Export: refined fuel, machinery and equipment, chemicals, textiles, foodstuffs, plastics.
Source: The World Factbook -