|In the main square of Klaipėda. Photo by Elizabeth|
Užgavėnės is a traditional Lithuanian festival celebrated to mark the end of winter and to welcome spring. It is usually celebrated 6 weeks before Easter and symbolizes the beginning of lent. It is an old tradition that is still cherished today. Nowadays Lithuanians prepare a lot of pancakes and little kids go around their neighbors and ask for pancakes, sweets and pocket money. Usually there is a festival in town's center accompanied with traditional dances.
This weekend a group of Study Abroad Lithuania students went to town's square to observe and experience this unique tradition.