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Cultural Heritage

     There are 67 villages in the territory of the Regional Park. Each of them has its own cultural traditions and habits; however they are all related to habits and traditions typical to Aukštaitija region. Relation of people to the surrounding area comes out in the daily life: architecture of buildings typical to Aukštaitija, structure of yards, materials used in construction or used for making everyday use utensils. 
Cultural values, attitude towards the environment, elements of nature - all of this have been formed for years and years and passed from generation to generation. World-view is reflected in sagas and legends about the origin of these locations and names of the sites.
     Glees – archaic singing style of Aukštaitija people started dying away together with introduction of Christianity. Sharp dissonance consonances, secunda intervals between various voices and syncope rhythms are typical for Lithuanian glees. 
     Live tradition has withered, however folk groups still sing them. Historically they have been found in time and written down in the northeast part of Lithuania. From old days here, as in many other places of Lithuania, a man tamed bees little by little. As we know from the folklore, Austėja who had a shape of a bee was the foster of all homes. A sculpture to this goddess has been erected after a traditional feast of beekeepers by the lake Bėlis. 
     A tradition of baking homemade bread dates back to immemorial times. Everyday rye bread was the basic food until the middle of 20th century. The tradition of making homemade bread is disappearing; however even nowadays baking bread according to the old recipes has not lost its value.
     We can see sheep grazing in the slopes of hills of Švenčionys height. People here are involved in sheep breeding from old times. „Today only names of places remind of sacred oak forests in most places…” the saga tells. However traditions also recollect of oak forests that used to grow here. One of them is acorn coffee. Older people still remember the way of preparation of this delicious drink…