Shrovetide is one of the favourite and funniest festivities in Lithuania. The event has an extremely playful spirit and leaves a lot of space for all kinds of games and self-expression. Shrovetide traditions in Lithuania are related to the ancient customs when the Earth was stimulated to wake up for the new cycle of life (springtime).

People enjoy the Shrovetide event because everyone can do whatever they want to do there: the event has kept the spontaneous and natural character so everyone can join the festivity at any time.

Vilnius Ethnic Culture Centre organizes the Shrovetide events according to the samogitian tradition which has never been interrupted and has survived until nowadays.

The playful event begins at daytime and in the afternoon, everyone gathers together in order to burn the figure of Morė and thus, to shoo away the winter. A variety of different masked figures gathers for this purpose: bears, goats, doctors, witches, devils, etc. An essential part of the event is the fight between Lašininis (the porky) and Kanapinis (the hempen man), who symbolize the winter and the spring. Kanapinis triumphs and now, the spring may come at last.

On Shrovetide, people usually eat a lot of greasy food (a traditional dish is various pancakes) because after that, the period of fast begins when it is not allowed eat meat until Easter (which is one of the reasons for Kanapinis to triumph, too).


More's Shrovetide party We cordially invite both those longing for the spring and the ones, who love winter entertainment, to join a colourful and joyful traditional Lithuanian calendar celebration – The Shrovetide. This year the feast is to be held on the 5th of March and is going to take place on the Tauras Hill.

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Exhibition "Since Shrovetide until Shrovetide"

Saulius Tamulis and his Shrovetide masksAs the end of the winter is little by little approaching, it is a perfect chance to explore the traditions of the Shrovetide, a traditional Lithuanian celebration intended to shoo away the winter. Therefore You are kindly invited to visit the exhibition “Since Shrovetide until Shrovetide” to get to know with traditional Shrovetide masks, made by Saulius Tamulis, a significant folk artist from Šiauliai.

The opening of the exhibition – on 25th of February 2019 at 3 p.m. The folk ensemble of traditional craftsmen from Šiauliai region “Margulis” is taking part.

Visitors of the exhibition will not only be able to admire the works by Saulius Tamulis, but will possibly get a little bit frightened of charming attributes of scaring a winter as well.

The collection of masks is to be displayed at the exhibition gallery of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania (53 Gediminas avenue) until the 8th of March.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: each visitor of the exhibition should register by informing us via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 21st of February. Arriving to the event, a visitor must have a personal document.

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