The Vytis (Knight) is the national symbol of Lithuania
I’m of Lithuanian descent, and I can tell you that the Lithuanians think of themselves as a knightly nation and identify enthusiastically with their medieval warrior ancestors. In our Lithuanian parish’s elementary school, we spent every art class drawing and re-drawing the Vytis as our nuns explained to us that we descended from the knights of old and should behave just like them.
I did not know that these kind of reenactments went on in Lithuania. I would expect that this kind of thing was not permitted under the Soviets, and represents a recent development.
Here in America, the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) conducts tournaments with knights wearing armor and battling with wooden swords and heavily padded maces. The Lithuanians in the video, on the other hand, are bashing one another highly vigorously using actual metal swords. Since we don’t see anyone being divided into so many parts and losers do seem to survive, I assume the swords used are at least blunt edged. They do put up a good fight though.
The tournament seems to be conducted by a Lithuanian version of the SCA called ViduramÅ¾iÅ³ Pasiuntiniai (Medieval Emissaries). They seem to be doing this every year. Google will translate the web page.
Hat tip to Stasys Daugirdas via Viktorija Daugirdaite Ruskulis.
Correction: I originally (following Google’s translation) translated the organization name ViduramÅ¾iÅ³ Pasiuntiniai as “Medieval Courier.” AistÄ— VolkytÄ—, witing from Lithuania, advised me that “emissaries” would be the more accurate translation.