December 16, 2014

That special time of the year

Christmas is less than two weeks away, it is starting to snow from time to time, trees with Christmas lights are all over the place and we can officially state that we are ready to celebrate! 😉 Christmas is one of the most important festivities of the year in Lithuania, and we have some special traditions attached to it. For example on the Eve of Christmas, Lithuanians gather for a supper which has to consist of at least 12 dishes (all meatless).

We break bread, say a prayer and feast. This happens after whole day without food, so you can bet there is quite a bit of enthusiasm around the table. This tradition, as far as we know it, is only found in Eastern Europe, and although the rest of the Christmas is more or less the same as in many other places, this special dinner really make us stand out. If you are in and around make sure to follow the old saying “when in Rome do as Romans do”! You can read more about this tradition on Wikipedia.

Also do plan to come to Vilnius over the winter holidays – it is not without a good reason that UK’s daily broadsheet, the Telegraph, has recently recommended Christmas market in Vilnius for holiday makers and Christmas enthusiasts.