Growing flax was communal process in which the work had to be shared by everyone. The men were responsible for harvesting the stalks of flax, whereas women were in charge of combing the strands. Linen was especially important in the life of girls and accompanied their preparations for marriage. In Lithuanian it is difficult to imagine any kind of important celebration without linen – let it be matchmaking, marriage, baptism or other family celebrations. Lithuanians decorated their houses with linen, and it was the most popular choice of gift for important occasions. Festive tables were covered with white linen tablecloths, while checkered or striped linen tablecloths were used on a daily basis. Flax was not only present for joyous occasions – it also played an important role during funerals.