2.28.2006

Blynai day!!!

Today is Blynai Day! Blynai are lithuanian pancakes. It is called Užgavėnės.

"A carnival-type religious holiday, Užgavėnės (Shrove Tuesday), is very popular in Lithuania. This Catholic feast day, which marks the start of Lent, 40 days before Easter, found its way to the cities from the villages and became a big occasion for children. They deck themselves out with various masks, burn the More, an effigy of winter, and knock on the doors and are treated to pancakes and candies."

The effigy is a huge straw old woman representing winter. They burn it to chase away winter and bring in spring. School children and some adults dress up. It is traditional for you to bring pancakes to your friends, give pancakes if someone comes to you place and generally stuff your self so full of pancakse you can't move. :) It is loads of fun.
Apparently today in the US it is national pancake day too. IHOP is giving away free stacks of pancakes all day. So go stuff your self. :)

Linksmų Užgavėnių!(Happy Užgavėnės!)

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