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Uzgavenes Winter Festival

Uzgavenes Festival

Similar to other Shrovetide celebrations in the region, Lithuanians celebrate Carnival with a female effigy, called More, who is paraded through town streets before being burned as a way to say farewell to winter and to celebrate springtime. In addition to the character More, two other symbolic figures, Lašininis and Kanapinis, fight. Kanapinis, who represents renewal, always wins.
Other traditions include dressing up in costumes and donning masks, playing games, and pigging out. Lithuanians indulge in pancakes on Uzgavenes, as well as other foods traditional to this holiday.