Calendar Festivals as a Form of Transnationalism and Cultural Strategy in the Mixed Finnish-Lithuanian and Greek-Lithuanian Families

  • Akvilė Motuzaitė
Keywords: calendar festivals, cultural strategy, identity, mixed marriage, transnationalism


The object of the paper is to research the celebration of calendar festivals within Finnish-Lithuanian and Greek-Lithuanian families in Finland and Greece respectively. The subject was approached mainly from the Lithuanian women’s perspective, since most of the mixed marriages involved Lithuanian females and rarely Lithuanian men in the countries chosen. Six main Lithuanian calendar festivals of different origins were in focus of the study. Three festivals belong to the Christian calendar: Christmas Eve (Kūčios), Christmas (Šv. Kalėdos) and Easter Day (Šv. Velykos); and the other three are national festivals significant for the State of Lithuania historically: 16th February (Day of Reinstating of the State of Lithuania), 11th March (Day of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania) and 6th July (Statehood Day). The aim of the research is to reveal how the calendar festivals referred to above are celebrated in the particular context of emigration: within mixed marriages. Available transnational connections suggest different forms of celebrating, which are shaped following certain strategies.