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I love the Lithuanian people. It is a homogeneous and balanced population that hasn't seen much of the accelerating ego fixation or materialism that we see in the "west". Life here is more about family, friends and having a beer

I love the Lithuanian people. It is a homogeneous and balanced population that hasn't seen much of the accelerating ego fixation or materialism that we see in the "west". Life here is more about family, friends and having a beer

Lithuanian Girl  --  I had to wear that for Lithuanian Choir Recitals....

Lithuanian Girl -- I had to wear that for Lithuanian Choir Recitals....

Uzgavenes - Most of the time people dance around the bonfire, play traditional Lithuanian games, sing various songs. In this way, they are trying to get rid of winter. The two major symbols of this part are the burning of the effigy of winter named Morė and the fight between Lašininis (“porky man”) who represent winter and Kanapinis (“hempen man”) who represents spring. During this fight the hempen man always wins, this way symbolizing the true defeat and the end of winter.

Uzgavenes - Most of the time people dance around the bonfire, play traditional Lithuanian games, sing various songs. In this way, they are trying to get rid of winter. The two major symbols of this part are the burning of the effigy of winter named Morė and the fight between Lašininis (“porky man”) who represent winter and Kanapinis (“hempen man”) who represents spring. During this fight the hempen man always wins, this way symbolizing the true defeat and the end of winter.

Gandrai/ Storks

Gandrai/ Storks

Lithuanian folk dance: Klumpakojis

Lithuanian folk dance: Klumpakojis

The Žemaitukas- is a historic pony breed from Lithuania. Known from the 6–7th century, it was used as a war horse by the Lithuanians during the Northern Crusades and is hailed in Lithuania as part of the state's historic heritage.

The Žemaitukas- is a historic pony breed from Lithuania. Known from the 6–7th century, it was used as a war horse by the Lithuanians during the Northern Crusades and is hailed in Lithuania as part of the state's historic heritage.

Chicago Tribune Article:  Chicago Lithuanians discuss ‘difficult history’

Chicago Tribune Article: Chicago Lithuanians discuss ‘difficult history’

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German fence all around Kaunas, 1915

German fence all around Kaunas, 1915

Lithunian Fishing Nets - Marc C. Johnson © 2005

Lithunian Fishing Nets - Marc C. Johnson © 2005

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