Shrove Tuesday In Lithuania + Ideas For Pancakes

Shrove Tuesday In Lithuania + Ideas For Pancakes

I really love Pancakes Day. And not only because I get to eat as many pancakes as I want to. I love this day for how it’s celebrated in my country. It’s called Užgavėnės in Lithuania what means “the time before Lent”. During this day, there is always a carnival held near Kaunas City in Rumšiškės. The main element of this carnival is an effigy of winter – called Morė in Lithuanian – burning. There is also a staged fight between Lašininis (“Porky”) personifying winter and Kanapinis (“Hempen Man”) personifying spring. This fight symbolises the defeat of winter. 

People dress up as devils, witches, goats, gypsies, the grim reapers and other frightening characters during this celebration. All who participate dance, play games, eat pancakes and have a great time. This celebration is basically a day to make winter go away. Everyone is chanting “Winter, winter go away!” over and over again while watching Morė burn. There are also lots of markets around with handmade crafts and delicious food like Lithuanian ring-shaped rolls. 

Photos by Kauno Aleja

Now to the yummy part! I got few recipes for you to try this Pancakes Day. You can find all of them on my Pinterest board. You can follow me there if you want to see what I am loving. I pin lots of food, fashion, home decor pins. Anyways, here are the recipes:

Fluffy American Pancakes | Jamie Oliver Version 

Nutella Stuffed Pancakes – by Nagi

Vanilla Cinnamon Buttermilk Pancakes – by Amanda

Easy Potato Pancakes – by Renee

Blueberry Oatmeal Yogurt Pancakes – by Chungah

 

How do you celebrate Pancakes Tuesday?

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