Russian Carnival aka Maslenitsa

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Maslenitsa dinner

Maslenitsa is a great example of how Slavic pagan rituals merged with Christian traditions and formed this unique Russian culture. Now Maslenitsa is time for eating ‘bliny’ (Russian pancakes) with caviar, jam, salmon, ‘smetana’ (cream) etc and having fun. ‘Bliny’ symbolize the sun, and Maslenitsa is a holiday to celebrate the end of winter, despite cold frosty weather is more typical for Maslenitsa then a real spring. On the last day of Maslenitsa they burn down a giant straw doll called Kostroma - it means winter is over but fun is over again - the next Monday after Maslenitsa the Great Lent starts.

Maslenitsa lasts for 7 days, and each day has its own activity - one day is for sleigh-riding, another one is sons-in-law to visit their mother-in-law and so on. The last day is called Forgiveness Sunday. On that day people ask each other to forgive them, and they normally hear back “God forgives”. The next day - Clean Monday - people are supposed to meet with cleaned souls and minds.

Despite its religious meaning, Maslenitsa is widely celebrated by non-Orthodox people and expats. The reason is clear and simple - ‘bliny’ are just irresistible!

dieforu says:
woow i see lot tastefull things!!:-)
Posted on: Feb 22, 2010
DHaworth says:
Fantastic!!!!!
Posted on: Feb 20, 2010
Dr_Seuss says:
Really interesting Marina 8)
Posted on: Feb 20, 2010
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Maslenitsa dinner
Maslenitsa dinner
Bliny
Bliny
Bliny
Bliny
Some caviar and salmon - Maslenits…
Some caviar and salmon - Maslenit…
Vatrushki (bans with home cheese)
Vatrushki (bans with home cheese)
Milok-drink - special drink produc…
Milok-drink - special drink produ…
Healthy food
Healthy food
Home made preserved fruits
Home made preserved fruits
Milok-drink
Milok-drink
bliny
bliny
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