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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


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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If you think that Shrove Tuesday is exciting, then you ain’t seen nothing yet. Maslenitsa is the holiday just before Lent here, but instead of just eating pancakes for one day, you’re supposed to eat them  352 more words

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Weekly Small Pleasures, 22nd February

It’s time for Weekly Small Pleasures again, hosted by A New Life Wondering.

This week I was really happy to discover that it is already starting to feel like spring! 192 more words

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