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The Pancake Day

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The Pancake Day is the traditional festival that symbolizes the end of winter. The main purpose of this joyful, cheery feast is to banish the demons of winter. All the traditions, mores and magic during that day make the Pancake Day mysterious.  
The Pancake Day is the tradition in Samogitia but we celebrate it all over Lithuania. And this the way in which we celebrate this day:
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The Pancake Day is always celebrated on Tuesday six and a half weeks before the Easter. People regale their neighbors, friends and others with pancakes and entertain themselves.
And those over here in masks and dressed with fur coats wrong side out are walking around, singing different songs and asking for the pancakes.
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In the evening they gather all together by the fire and play different tricks. Also you can see the fight of Kanapinis and Lasininis, to hear the variety of songs and to dance of course! Finally after burning the dolls More and Gavena, they go home and start preparing for the Lent and Easter.
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