WINTER - EDITORIAL PAGE

A strange scenario took place in a central Lithuanian village last weekend during a Shrovetide celebration.

We can’t wait to see an end to this roller-coaster winter. We’re done with freezing temperatures, snow and ice giving way to rain and warmer temperatures giving way to a wintry mix. The valley needs an infusion of warm sunshine, yellow daffodils and bright red tulips. Perhaps a late winter festival might help the transition from winter to spring?

The folks in the village of Rumsiskes, Lithuania, last weekend had the same thought, but they did something about it. To make winter disappear, residents there donned colorful albeit frightening masks and wore devil, witch and goat costumes to scare Old Man Winter away. They sang, danced around a fire and burned down a giant doll that represented winter. Did it work? Well, temperatures rose to 41 on Sunday, from 34 the day before. Then it climbed to 47 on Monday before temperatures took a ride on the thermometer roller-coaster.

Daylight Saving Time occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday. That extra hour of sunshine may push our winter blues away, and Sunday’s high of 64 degrees should help. From that day on, the march toward spring looks promising, with highs in the high 40s and mid-50s through March 20, the first day of spring.