Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy Fat Tuesday - Lithuanian Style

Although my children dread often protest going to Lithuanian school on Saturdays, last week was an exception.  I had the pleasure of going with Gaigai's 3rd grade class to the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture in Chicago.
Gaigai's mask - kind of looks like Jack Sparrow:)
Each year the museum puts together a fun program for the kids about Lithuanian's version of Mardi Gras or "Užgavėnės."   After a tour of the museum, the children made their own masks and then danced and sang with them in hopes of making winter go away.  The program ended with apple pancakes for lunch.  You guessed right - no complaining from Gaigai:).

Here's how they celebrate in Vilnius, Lithuania.

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  1. More like your dad than Jack Sparrow, IMO. :) Looks like their dancing worked, seems winter is winding down, knock on wood!

  2. That's great that the school does this! Fun cultural info.

  3. Very cool!

    After reading your Jack Sparrow comment, that's exactly what that mask looked like to me!

    Sorry I missed you guys AGAIN this year. Eventually I'm sure we'll be back...maybe we can work it out then. Or maybe we'll never work it out and that can be our joke. :)


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