Maslenitsa

Russian

Maslenitsa also known as butter week or pancake week. Maslenita is a celebration of the imminent end of the winter. Is an Eastern Slavic religious holiday. It is celebrated during the last week before the Great Lent- that is the seventh week before Eastern Orthodox Pascha. During the week of Maslenitsa, meat is forbidden to Orthodox Christians. It is the last week during which milk, cheese and other dairy products are permitted.


The most characteristic food of Maslenitsa is bliny. Round and golden, they are made from the rich foods still allowed by the Orthodox tradition: butter, eggs and milk. Maslenitsa activities also include snowball fights, sledding, riding on swings and plenty of sleigh rides. As the culmination of the celebration, on Sunday evening, Lady Maslenitsa is stripped of her finery and put to the flames of a bonfire.