Lifestyle

From culture to cuisine, arts to music and cinema to sports, the Lithuanians carry their own unique identity.

The country is blessed with a rich zest of traditional and modern art. Many art galleries in Vilnius will open your world to a taste of modern and contemporary Lithuanian art.

Lithuanian music is divided into "pop" and "alternative" music. Lithuania also has a long history of folk, popular and classical musical development. Lithuanian folk music is based primarily around polyphonic music played on flutes, zithers and other instruments.

Lithuanian cuisine is generally mild. Potatoes and rye bread are the staple foods and pork is the favorite meat, followed by beef and chicken. The meal most strongly associated with the Lithuanian nation is the Cepelinai, named after Graff von Zeppelin because these potato dumplings are similar in form to the airship he invented. A more Lithuanian name for the meal is "didžkukuliai". Lithuanians like to eat soup before the main dish. Rose-colored šaltibarščiai cold soup dominates over hot soups in summer. Salted herring (Silkė) is another loved appetizer. There are many forms of popular pancakes. Among them are Samogitian pancakes filled with minced meat and the Potato pancakes. Samogitiankastinis (a smetana and soured milk-based sauce to dip potatoes in) is yet another Lithuanian potato meal. Meat-based main courses include karbonadas and šašlykai. Traditional Lithuanian desserts are the šakotis (large circular branching structure similar in taste to German baumkuchen) and žagarėliai (sweet nicely formed cookies).

It is fair to say that Basketball is the ‘second religion’ of Lithuania. One of the strongest forces in the sport, they have won the European title three times. Victories by the Lithuanian National Basketball Team always turn into a nationwide festival as fans pour into streets to celebrate until dawn. Other prominent sports include football and rugby union.
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