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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.

Užgavėnės definition on Wikipedia (Lithuanian celebration of Shrove Tuesday).

Rue (RUTA) is considered a national herb of Lithuania and it is the most frequently referred herb in Lithuanian folk songs, as an attribute of young girls, associated with virginity and maidenhood. It was common in traditional Lithuanian weddings for only virgins to wear a rue (ruta) at their wedding, a symbol to show their purity.

Rue (RUTA) is considered a national herb of Lithuania and it is the most…

A group of sprightly elderly women in a Lithuanian village are the last in a long line of traditional folk singers with ancient roots.

Aldona Watts is raising funds for Land Of Songs (Dainava) on Kickstarter! A group of sprightly elderly women in a Lithuanian village are the last in a long line of traditional folk singers with ancient roots.

Traditional Lithuanian house, 20th Century. (Lietuva)

Traditional Lithuanian house, 20th Century. (Lietuva)

Kryždirbystė is a traditional Lithuanian art of crafting crosses and  is an important part of Lithuanian culture.

Kryždirbystė or Lithuanian cross crafting is a traditional Lithuanian art of crafting crosses. The making of altars and crosses is an important part of the culture and the crosses have become a symbol of the Lithuanian people. Here, a memorial cross.

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