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Take a look at the wonderfully colorful and information-packed blog series from Liene K, the 24 Days of a Baltic Christmas. Today on Christmas Eve, the last day of the 24 days, we're taking time out of our busy activities to catch up. You'll find 24 days of Christmas holiday foods, desserts and traditions from all across the Baltics: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
For Lithuanian Christmas traditions, be sure to see Daiva Venckus' post from Day 10, A Baltic Christmas Day 10 - Kucios: The Connection Between the Dead and Living. This author's post and life story are both inspiring to read.
Does your family participate in the traditional Lithuanian Christmas Eve Kūčios? Kūčiukai are poppy seed pastries served at this traditional Christmas Eve dinner in Lithuania. Be sure to see the post for A Baltic Christmas Day 22 - Christmas Eve Biscuits!
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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…