A lot of holidays are happening right now in Lithuania! This past weekend was jam-packed with events happening all over Vilnius, and events will continue until Tuesday night.
Uzgavenes or Shrovetide is a traditional holiday that banishes winter by burning a figure made out of straw. Somehow a mass wedding is associated with this banishment of winter, but I still haven't figured out how the two fit together. Also, people are supposed to dress up in masks and costumes, play pranks, and eat a large number of pancakes. Shrovetide will actually be celebrated this Tuesday, but some of the festivities (eating, fairs, burning) took place over the weekend.
This year, shrovetide happens to fall on the day after the Lithuanian Restoration of State Day (February 16). The Restoration of State Day is when Lithuanians gained independence from Germany in 1918. On February 16th their will be fireworks and concerts in Cathedral Square and elsewhere in Vilnius.
For more information about the events taking place next week visit this website.
Do you like learning about culture through the celebration of different holidays?