Pancake Tuesday – the Prophet of Spring
On February 9 the community of Šiauliai University celebrated one of the most favourite winter festivals – Pancake Tuesday. The festive event was organised in the Library by the first year students of Lithuanian Philology and Communication study programme of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, folklore ensemble Vaiguva and Library’s staff. On this occasion the exhibition of Pancake Tuesday masks by Saulius Tamulis was organised.
The participants sang songs, played games, danced traditional Lithuanian folk dances. Foreign students also actively participated in all the activities. The most attractive task for all the participants was competition of eating pancakes. The winner was a student from Czech Republic. “I really enjoy Lithuanian traditions, friendliness of people. Pancake Tuesday traditions have some similarities with traditions in Czech Republic”, stated the winner of pancake eating competition.
The Director of the Library Aušra Mingailienė and the specialist Irena Grigaliūnienė already for the third year have been preparing pancakes for this event. “This year we prepared 500 pancakes, used 10 kg of flowers. We spent 5 hours. Many pancakes are round – most probably the spring will be sunny and warm”, explained I. Grigaliūnienė.
The festive event couldn’t be celebrated without the fight of Lašininis (porky man) and Kanapinis (hempen man). At the end of the event all participants burnt Morė (effigy of winter). Considering the old customs, burning Morė should bring spring soon.