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Easter

The week preceding Easter (Grand or Souls' Week) was a time for abstinence and cleansing. Ceremonial Easter foods began with marguciai (dyed eggs) which were believed to possess magical powers. For the first time since the beginning of the Lenten fast, people were allowed to eat their fill of fatty foods. Easter evening and night, unmarried young men walked through the villages and played music. This ritual was called lalavimas. The young men stopped to wish each family a good year, harvest and health and to sing special songs for unmarried girls. The singers were rewarded for their music, most often with colorful Easter eggs.



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