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The Amber, by Barbara Chepaitis

Posted by Barbara Chepaitis on June 23, 2015 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

    It’s Father’s Day, and my father gave me a strange and wonderful heritage - the rich and somewhat mysterious traditions of Lithuania.  

    Because of him, I spent much of my life explaining that I’m not Lutheran.  I’m Lithuanian.  That my name isn’t Greek.  It’s Lithuanian.  That it rhymes with most inflammatory diseases (bursitis, hepatitis, arthritis and so on).  I also blame him, at least partially, for what I choose to write about.
     My father, like all fathers, wasn’t perfect.  He made his errors, some serious, and there was much he didn’t teach me that he should have.  But in one area he gave me a great gift: He loved the land, and taught me to do the same.  He worked to conserve the wild lands in our county, and he believed in educating us about the need to steward the land well. Because of him I read Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring.  Because of him I learned to pay attention to the creatures I shared the world with.  
     As a writer, that translated into understanding that The Muse doesn’t always appear in human form.  Therefore, years of unusual bird encounters nudged me to write the novel These Dreams, as well as the nonfiction book …

Welcome Lithuania to the Euro!

Posted by Marina F. on January 6, 2015 at 11:36am 0 Comments

Hello Euro, Farewell Litas...

24 Days of a Baltic Christmas

Posted by Marina F. on December 24, 2014 at 11:01am 0 Comments

Catch up with the 24 Days

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!

And don't miss the…


My Very Lithuanian Christmas (reposted)

Posted by Marina F. on December 24, 2014 at 9:00am 0 Comments

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!

By Saulenė

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…





Lithuanian Christmas markets in the US

Started by Liene K. Last reply by Ruth Bundza Reedy Dec 3, 2015. 1 Reply

Am looking for information on LT Christmas markets in the US - where traditional holiday foods, crafts and culture can be found. Location and dates! Thank you!


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