“Describe Lithuania in one word.” “Basketball.” This answer is not surprising as Lithuania has a vibrant basketball culture, which unites generations. If you visit Lithuania, you might easily get the impression that whoever can plays basketball. There are basketball courts everywhere: practically any school has one; plus there are many public ones. Basketball games are a popular way of spending free time for many Lithuanians. Not only does playing basketball help stay physically fit, it also builds communities. Lithuanians’ love for basketball is so strong that they do not just cheer for their teams. In fact, they ‘get ill’: the Lithuanian word for cheering is ‘getting ill’ (sirgti), which highlights the extreme passion for the game.
November 21, 2023