Žolinės - a meadow grass celebration. August 15th is a day off for everyone in Lithuania. This holiday always coincided with the coming of autumn. People gathered grass from their fields and gardens and brought it to churches to be blessed. Rye, wheat and oat ears were tucked into these grass bundles. In the spring, these ears were crushed and sprinkled onto the seeds to be planted. Other bundles of blessed grasses were used as medicine, as protection from lightning strikes and to be sewn into coffin pillows. Families always tried to gather together on this day to ensure the coming year would be a productive one. It is said, he who does not attend the get together, will remain poor. Of course, as Lemony Snicket once said, just because something is traditional is no reason to do it. Tradition is one of those words conservative people use as a shortcut to thinking; and we can always use a new tradition. Sometimes we require them.