Daily Care Centre for Disabled People in Nemenčinė organised merry carnival party

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On the Shrovetide, the whole Lithuania was dancing and having a party, and members of the Daily Care Centre in Nemenčinė were having a party too.

There is no Shrovetide without blintz. Since the morning, the members of the Centre were busy in the kitchen, making a huge mass of blintzes, to serve them to a group of entertainers, who promised to come. But they also wanted to have a feast before the Lent themselves, since with the Ash Wednesday the merry parties and dancing came to an end.

Traditionally, the Shrovetide atmosphere was brought by first grade pupils from the junior high school of Konstanry Parczewski in Nemenčinė, led by their teachers, Wanda Woronecka and Krystyna Rustowska. The pupils in costumes were dancing, singing, a Gypsy girl was prophesying future, looking at her cards. On the stage, there appeared traditional Shrovetide characters, which could make the audience laugh and even dance together. The party finished with common singing and sweets. Students had a chance to observe the everyday life of members of the Daily Care Centre and admire their handmade works.

After a great Shrovetide dinner the party went on, but the atmosphere changed to a Saint Valentine’s Day one. Since the Saint Valentine’s Day was during the Lent this year, the celebration of it was joined with the Shrovetide. “The Best Couple” was elected from the members of the Centre. The pairs competed, proving which one is the fastest, most original, most skilful, the best in dancing and cooperation, which one would become the audience’s favourite. But every pair was competing so well! Each received a prize and the winners were crowned. A loud dancing party finished the day.

Daily Care Centre for Disabled People in Nemenčinė (phone number 237 1300) is a budget– based organisation, fully financed by the Vilnius Region Self–Government. Its basic task is social work and providing social service. It is a non–stationary unit, providing service mainly for the youth and adults (aged 16– 40) with mild and moderate mental disability. It is focused on socialising the people. All services of the Centre are free.

Source: http://kurierwilenski.lt/2013/02/22/podopieczni-centrum-dziennego-pobytu-osob-niepelnosprawnych-w-niemenczynie-zorganizowali-wesola-zabawe-zapustowa/

Tłumaczenie Emilia Zawieracz w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Emilia Zawieracz the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu. 

 

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