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Editor's note: This delightful article was submitted last year by Saulenė, an I Love Lithuania member from Vilnius.The article explains the 12 Dishes of Christmas, a long-standing Lithuanian tradition, and goes on to describe Christmas games that are also tradition. Click the links to read descriptions of certain dishes. Enjoy!
Christmas is my favorite time of the year, so I decided to share some of my family Christmas traditions and answer some questions (sorry for my english-I'm lithuanian and not very good in english). My family has very traditional Christmas eve supper.
The reason why we celebrate Kūčių vakarienę (christmas eve supper) after sunset is because in Lithuania in winter is getting dark very early (now is 5pm and it's already dark).
Everything starts with making food all day long. We do not have any meat on Christmas eve table (actually you shouldn't be eating meat from the beginning of Advent until Christmas morning with an exception of children and sick people), but we do only Christmas eve supper. One more thing about Advent- we are fired candles in the window (first week of Advent-one, second-two and so on until the Christmas eve). there should be twelve dishes on the table (it's very hard and we always have a bit more:) ). Some of traditional dishes are: kūčiukai [pastries], silkė [herring] (many…
By Mindaugus Kulbis
VILNIUS (Associated Press) - Lithuanian politics were in turmoil Monday after the president moved to block three opposition parties from forming a new government because one of them is accused of vote buying and fraudulent financing.
VILNIUS (the Baltic Course) In Uzutrakis, situated around 30 Kilometres from Vilnius, an Italian company started shooting drama Anna Karenina, Vilnius Tourist Information Bureau reports.
During 40 days of shooting in Lithuania, the top visited sites in Vilnius, Rumsiskes town and manors are going to be turned into the streets and locations as it was depicted in Lev Tolstoy novel, reports LETA (Latvian news agency).
My heartfelt congratulations to Laura Asadauskaitė for her excellent performance in gaining a well deserved gold medal in the Women's modern pentathlon, leaving the British Samantha Murray with a commendable silver.
Also I'd like to add my applause to Ruta Meilutytė. Although she now lives in the south of England with her parents, I think she has shown where her heart lies.