Užgavėnės: a rural and urban, religious, socialist, and Lithuanian festival of shrovetide

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Mokslo publikacijos / Scientific publications
Document Type:
Straipsnis / Article
Language:
Anglų kalba / English
Title:
Užgavėnės: a rural and urban, religious, socialist, and Lithuanian festival of shrovetide
In the Journal:
Folklore (Tartu). 2015, Iss. 60, p. 105-128
Keywords:
LT
Etninis tapatumas; Etninė tapatybė, festivaliai, ideologija, Lietuva, religija, socializmas, Užgavėnės; Lietuva; Religija; Socializmas; Sovietinė ideologija; Užgavėnės; Šventė.
EN
Ethnic identity; Ethnic identity, festival, ideology, Lithuania, religion, socialism,; Festival; Lithuania; Religion; Shrovetide; Socialism; Soviet ideology; Užgavėnės (Shrovetide).
Summary / Abstract:

ENThe article uses the case of Užgavėnės (Shrovetide) to reveal how the content of a festival can shift over time. It discusses how festival associated with agricultural calendar can acquire a religious character and become a youth, urban, socialist, national, and ethnic festival, can be used not only for recreational purposes but also ideological ones in the fight against religiousness and an attempt to create a socialist festival, and, at the same time, to nurture Lithuanian culture. The newly created image of Užgavėnės as a rite of passage – a festival marking a turn of season – has determined its recent fate and even given it greater significance. It has also spread in Lithuanian communities abroad, forming a temporary deterritorialised Lithuanian ethnic cultural space, allowing them to feel ‘back at home’ in each other’s company, and to maintain their ethnic identity. [From the publication]

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1406-0949; 1406-0957
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