Making Shrove Tuesday masks

 

Duration: 1 hour

Place: similar to an authentic nineteenth-century Lithuanian peasant house

For: younger and middle-aged pupils and families

Things to bring with you: a three-litre jar

Moderator: head of educations E. Petrauskaitė

 

Location: the Museum of Prienai Region, 13 F. Martišiaus St, Prienai

Visiting time: a visit can be prearranged by calling +370 656 37554

Fee: 1.5 euro for children, pupils and students; 2 euros for adults.

Educational activity:

This activity will introduce you to what Shrove Tuesday is, why people drive winter out of their homes and invite spring to come on this day, and why there was a need to eat fat food, usually 7, 9 or 12 times, on Shrove Tuesday. This day is marked by a carnival when people dress up like various animals and creatures. The most common masks are those of a goat, a crane, a bear, the Grim Reaper, the poor and Jews. Traditional Shrove Tuesday masks are made of wood, fur and oakum. In the museum, we propose making Shrove Tuesday masks by using the papier-mâché (French for “chewed paper”) technique.