Not-So-Traditional Užgavenės

After an hour of traditional singing and dancing, the crowd moved over to a sand pit where we watched a not-so-traditional performance by a fire dance group.   They were very impressive — and yes, the music in the video is the theme from Chariots of Fire.  My friend and I kept wondering when Morė would be burned since we didn’t see her anywhere.  The Kaunas Morė turned out to be an abstract wooden form rather than a straw-stuffed female figure.  But despite the departure from tradition, I felt satisfied that winter was sent out and spring welcomed.  Now if it would only feel like spring…

 

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