Joninės - St. John’s Day Midsummer Day - a holiday, celebrated on 24 June, as well as on the night of June 23 to July 24, around the time when the Northern Hemisphere is the longest day and shortest night (summer solstice). The origins of this festival in Lithuania - Rasa Lord. After the baptism of the festival is linked with St. John the Baptist's birthday.
Mores <ul><li>Although the festival was Christianized, the old traditions have remained the same. Some of them could not be removed so that the Church has incorporated into its services. Remnants of ancient elements - water, fire, vegetation symbolism of such customs as weave wreaths of love and marriage spells, searching for the ring fern, heating bonfires, leaping over the fire, and so on. Christianized rituals instead of bitter - dome decorated with crosses on lawns during worship consecrated herbs, rather than burn animal sacrifices of animals used for images of statues. </li></ul>
<ul><li>2003 Ionic Lithuania declared a public holiday. The fact that the law refers only to the name of St. John's, led to discussions between the Christian seeking to distinguish between the old St. John and the summer solstice celebrations. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Since St. John - St. John Day, is now a widespread custom to 24 June Janice Johns and welcome. They are often decorated with wreaths. Midsummer celebrations are being developed media, in particular, many people come toKernavė on Rambynas mountain in Jonava, often referred to as "John and the Lithuanian capital of Ioannina. These festivals are intertwined Ross and St. John's tradition - simulated rite, formed to deal with, but John and salutations. </li></ul>
Užgavėnės ( Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day) <ul><li>U žgavėnės is a Lithuanian festival that takes place during the seventh week before Easter (Ash Wednesday). Its name in English means "the time before Lent " . The celebration corresponds to Romans Catholic holiday traditions in other parts of the world, such as Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, and Carnaval . </li></ul>
J oyful and frightening characters appear in costume s during the celebration
Užgavėnės begins on the night before Ash Wednesday, when an effigy of winter (usually named Morė ) is burnt. A major element of the holiday, meant to symbolize the defeat of winter in the Northern Hemisphere , is a staged battle between Lašininis ("porker"), personifying winter, and Kanapinis ( hempen man"), who personifies spring. Devils, witches, goats, the grim reaper, gypsies , and other joyful and frightening characters appear in costume during the celebrations. The participants and masqueraders dance and eat the traditional dish of the holiday - pancakes with a variety of toppings, since round pancakes are a symbol of the returning sun. The festival is a major event at Rumšiškės park.
<ul><li>An effigy of winter (usually named Morė ) is burnt </li></ul><ul><li>A b attle between Lašininis and Kanapinis </li></ul>