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Russian Carnival. Масленица. Why is it called Maslenitsa ?. Maslenitsa translates to butter in Russian. This festival is known as: “Butter Week” Pancake toppings include butter, but also caviar, jam and sour cream Given to friends and family as a sign of warmth. Pagan and Christian origins

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Russian carnival

Russian Carnival

Масленица


Why is it called maslenitsa
Why is it called Maslenitsa?

  • Maslenitsa translates to butter in Russian.

  • This festival is known as: “Butter Week”

  • Pancake toppings include butter, but also caviar, jam and sour cream

  • Given to friends and family as a sign of warmth.


History

Pagan and Christian origins

In Slavic Mythology, it’s the Sun Festival

Celebrates the end of winter

Celebrated during the last week of Great Lent

History


Why pancake week
Why Pancake Week???

  • In Orthodox Christianity, meat is prohibited during this last week.

  • Milk, cheese, & other dairy products allowed.

  • Last chance to have dairy products and festivities before Lent.

  • Pancakes, or Bliny (in Russian), symbolize the sun



The festivities
The Festivities

  • Snowball fights, Sledding, Riding on Swings, Sleigh rides, puppets, singing, theatre, fireworks, fist fighting (honoring military) and bear fights

  • Mascot = Lady Meslenitsa

  • She is a brightly dressed straw effigy

  • Burned at the end of the celebration

  • Symbolizes the end of winter, and the ashes are buried to symbolize fertility


Lady maslenitsa
Lady Maslenitsa…



Traditional maslenitsa
Traditional Maslenitsa












Russian carnival

Russian Carnival

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George Fuzayl ‘14