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Tuna fish and Lithuanians

Fish lovers across the world will commemorated the International Tuna Day on 2 May. Tuna fish really deserves its own day – it is one of the most popular fish species in the world, and […]

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Kaziuko mugė: 416 years of history alive in the streets of Vilnius

It’s not with the first flowers, the returning of birds, or the warmer temperatures that spring starts in Vilnius – Kaziukas Fair (Kaziuko mugė) marks its beginning on 1-3 March. Filled with songs, crafts, and scrumptious food, the city’s oldest and largest fair is an experience to remember. Taking over the streets of the Old Town, the fair cherishes some of Vilnius’ ancient traditions while also embracing modern ones, making for an adventure that is both dynamic and unique. From culinary heritage and innovative food experiments, traditional performances and modern entertainment, to archaic crafts and contemporary design pieces – there’s so much to explore. […]

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Traditional Lithuanian kūčiukai recipes – tricks that will not allow you to make a mistake while baking at home

Lithuanians is the only nation who preserved such a unique and symbolic baked treat as kūčiukai, says ethnologist Nijolė Marcinkevičienė. Today kūčiukai are more and more rarely baked at home so they lose their symbolic meaning. It is common that there is a variety of flavors of kūčiukai found on store shelves, however, they are very far from the traditionally baked Lithuanian goods. Therefore, according to an ethnologist, it’s very important to preserve the true secret of baking traditional kūčiukai so that traditional recipes continue to be transmitted from generation to generation. […]

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Brewers’ experiments with unexpected tastes and aromas surprise people

More and more people are aware that beer has more properties than light or dark color. Brewers are constantly looking for different tastes – tastes that could surprise the consumers. Therefore, their new recipes are inspired by even other beverages, such as whiskey or wine, and their making techniques. Americans were the first ones to remember such production principles and Lithuanian brewers are following them as well. […]

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Christmas gift trends: instead of things giving experiences

Streets decorated with Christmas lights, sounds of Christmas music in supermarkets or offices decorated with Advent calendars remind us of Christmas nearing. However, the main sign that the real Christmas fever has already started is the search for gifts. Although in December, there are queues in shops, nowadays you can notice a trend that instead of looking for material things, people are increasingly choosing gift vouchers for entertainment or recreation. […]

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Lithuanians maintain the tradition of ‘Kūčiukai’

As Christmas Eve is soon approaching, both packaged ‘kūčiukai’ (Note: very small, slightly sweet pastries) and ‘kūčiukai’ in bulk find themselves in the buyers’ shopping carts more and more often. Traders count that as much as up to 150 tons of ‘kūčiukai’ are bought before the holidays. These baked goods are found on the festive table not only in different places in Lithuania, but also in other countries, where there are people who cherish Lithuanian traditions. Researchers of Lithuanian customs claim that the tradition of eating ‘kūčiukai’ symbolised the relationship between the man and the bread. In the past, ‘kūčiukai’ were as big as the size of a palm. What kind of ‘kūčiukai’ do Lithuanians prefer today? […]

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How to save when shopping online?

With the growing popularity of online sales, customers of such stores are often looking for a variety of ways to save and still get a quality product. According to experts, this is quite easy – you just have to invest a little of your time and effort, a DPD press release states. […]

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Googling – the most dangerous way of self-treatment

According to the most recent data of the Statistics Lithuania, more than every second resident of Lithuania looks up information on health-related topics online: 54 per cent of all Internet users aged 16-74. Specialists noticed that not everyone who browses the web is able to assess information in critically and often rush to self-diagnose the diseases unrelated to their symptoms, share medicine, reduce dosages and make other self-treatment mistakes that are dangerous to health. […]

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4 reasons why you should start looking for Christmas presents right now

With three more months still to go until the most beautiful holiday of the year, you should really start Christmas shopping right now, especially if you are planning to do it online. It is no secret that deliveries fall behind schedule which makes commencing your search for presents on the World Wide Web right now the best way to prevent them from running late. Besides, if you start to shop early, you could gain financially as well, a DPD press release states. So, what does it pay to do your Christmas shopping in fall? […]

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Time for those dearest to us: one hour a week is not enough

In September, when the family rythm returns to its routine pace there is increasingly less time left for those closest to us. Some of us do not even devote one hour per week to communicating with our family members. At home we often lack time for conversations with our children or the adults in the family. Psychologists have issued a warning that we communicate too briefly and too seldom with each other, a press release from Gjensidige states. […]

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36 years after the first emoji: five facts you may not know

Exactly 36 years ago today, an American professor and computer scientist Scott Fahlman used a smiley symbol – ‘:-)’ for the first time in an electronic message. He also used another well-known symbol – ‘:-(’. By using these symbols, the professor sought to distinguish which messages were of serious content and which were meant as a joke. Scott Fahlman most probably didn’t realise at the time just how much interest the symbols would later attract. More and more emojis emerged, and today no digital communication can be imagined without them. So, on the occasion of the birthday of the first emoji, Bitės Profai offer an opportunity to see for yourself just how big the emoji world is, and possibly learn some interesting facts you didn’t know before, a press release from Bitė states. […]

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Habits of Lithuanian holiday-makers: increasing numbers of single travellers but parents the least common companions

This year, significantly more Lithuanian residents chose to travel on holiday both as single travellers or setting off with their family members. A survey conducted showed that more than half of Lithuanian residents spend their holidays with their spouses, one third holiday with their children, while parents are seldom selected as holiday companions. […]