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Maslenitsa: Russian-style "Spring Festival"

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Maslenitsa(also known as Butter Week or Pancake Week) is one of the most popular Russian traditional festivals that usually falls at the end of February. 7 more words


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Happy Spring!

Considered by many here in Almaty, March represents the welcomed arrival of spring! We have had beautiful 40 degree weather and it looks like, dare I say, winter has finally ended. 334 more words


On Maslenitsa

One of the things I was most worried about missing in Russia was the non-bank holiday celebrations we have in the UK – Bonfire Night, Pancake Day, and so on. 767 more words


What? Maslenitsa (“butter week”) is a half-Christian, half-Slavic pagan celebration of the soon-to-come end of winter that takes place for a week before Lent. Think Mardi Gras, or carnivals of Rio de Janeiro and Venice, but instead of ball gowns, beads and nudity you get traditional Russian games, folk music and dance concerts, a lot more snow and horse sleigh rides. 380 more words



This past week has been the festival of Maslenitsa here – an ancient festival with dual pagan and Orthodox roots. On the one hand, it marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring and on the other it’s a time to celebrate before the more sombre Lenten time, much like Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras etc. 518 more words

Happy Ма́сленица!

This week has been extremely exciting compared to some of the past weeks. The other weeks I have just been feeling like an American tourist, but this week I was able to see a side of Russia that only the locals really see. 1,024 more words

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