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Mardi Gras is a traditional Lithuanian holiday celebrated at the end of winter season. People wore frightening masks to scare winter demons away and to wake the frozen earth for a new life. This holiday developed from a cult festival in paganism to a fun celebration nowadays.

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Mardi Gras masks are usually carved from wood and portray frightening and even repulsive faces (huge noses, wrinkled cheeks, disproportioned eyes, missing teeth, etc). Originally these masks had a cult meaning and were used to invoke the ancestors' spirits to breath new life into the soil and to increase its fertility.

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