If you happen to be in Vilnius on Sunday, make sure you are in Simonas Daukantas square in front of the Presidential Palace at noon (12:00). There you will witness the Lithuanian flag raising ceremony followed by the changing of the guards ceremony.
The flag raising ceremony is held by a group of air force men, navy and army soldiers dressed up for the occasion with beautiful parade uniforms. Air force men are wearing blue uniform, navy men – white and blue, army men – green uniform.
The ceremony itself is about ten minutes long, but very solemn and gracefully done. It is followed by the sound of drums. After the flags are changed and the new ones are flying, the medieval guards turn up for the changing ceremony.
These guards wear medieval chain mail and metal helmets. They carry swords and shields. The guard uniforms are restored from 14 century castle guard uniforms and they are very impressive. Both ceremonies are indeed worth spotting!