Member Nation : Lithuania
The Hudson-Mohawk Council of the Knights of Lithuania meets the second Sunday of the month at St. Joseph’s Church in Schenectady, NY. We enjoy learning about and sharing our heritage. We celebrate our Independence Day in February. In March the feast day of our patron saint, St. Casimir. Egg decorating is usually done in and April. In the summer we travel to Connecticut for a big Lithuanian picnic. At Christmas time we make Lithuanian Christmas tree decorations. We have helped Lithuania by packing and shipping medical supplies. We also send packages to Lithuanian orphanages. On occasion we have doctors from Lithuania visit our area as well. We work with other community organizations to keep knowledge of our history and heritage alive.
Lithuanians have always liked to eat good, tasty and filling foods. There is even a saying: *he who eats well, works well*. Lithuanian cuisine is known for its simplicity; it is the product itself which gives the dish its flavor, followed by various additional ingredients and seasonings. Rye bread is one of the oldest and most fundamental food products in Lithuania, eaten every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Potatoes are considered second bread and are eaten throughout the year. The most popular potato dishes are “zeppelins” (cepelinai), potato sausages (vedarai), and potato pancakes (bulviniai blynai). The Lithuanian “tree” cake (sakotis) is a treat that appears at every traditional Lithuanian wedding, as well as at the Lithuanian dining table during festive events like Christmas Eve and Easter. The horns form as batter simultaneously drips and bakes on the cake as it revolves horizontally in a special oven. A cross-section of the finished cake resembles the rings of a tree trunk.