Shrovetide (Pancake Week) – Maslenitsa

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The Russian name of the holiday is Maslenitsa. It has always been one of the merriest and most popular holidays; originally a pagan rite of celebrating the end of winter, it later became a part of Christian traditions. It is celebrated during the last week before the Great Lent (which begins on a Monday).

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An old custom says it is necessary to please Maslenitsa, which means to celebrate it with great merriment. Part and parcel of the festive table during the week are Russian pancakes, symbolizing the sun. According to a popular saying, “There is no Maslenitsa without pancakes.”  In the old days, among the most popular Continue reading