Shrovetide Tuesday is a day of fun and dress up in Lithuania. It is the day when mythical characters Lasininis (who represents Winter) and Kanapinis (who represents Spring) have a mythical struggle with Kanapinis winning of course. Good bye Winter, hello Spring! The traditional dish of Shrovetide is pancakes. In other countries it is known as Pancake Tuesday, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras.
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Granny Easter (Velyku Senele) brings children Easter Eggs, bunnies only help her paint them. In Lithuania Easter is the most solemn feast.
On the night of St. John, (June 24th) Lithuanians believe that the fern comes into flower. Finding fern flower blossoms on St. John will bring you hidden treasure and good luck.
Basketball is the most important sport in Lithuania, they call it their second religion.
European Union On May 1, 2004 Lithuania joined the European Union.
The Baltic States Lithuania is one of three countries that make up the Baltic States; the others are Latvia and Estonia.
Coastline Lithuania has 61 miles of sandy coastline.
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Bread and salt are important to Lithuanians. As an important guest in Lithuania or a new bride and groom you will welcomed with a loaf of bread and salt.
A popular traditional Lithuanian dish is Cepelinai, this is an oval shaped potato dumpling filled with ground meat, cheese or mushrooms.
Bread Lithuanian’s love bread, and you’ll find many varieties, including bread filled with dried fruits, spices, nuts, or potato.
Lithuanian Customs and Traditions