2 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 creamGiven to friends and family as a sign of warmth.
3 History Pagan and Christian origins In Slavic Mythology, it’s the Sun FestivalCelebrates the end of winterCelebrated during the last week of Great LentHistory
4 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
7 The FestivitiesSnowball fights, Sledding, Riding on Swings, Sleigh rides, puppets, singing, theatre, fireworks, fist fighting (honoring military) and bear fightsMascot = Lady MeslenitsaShe is a brightly dressed straw effigyBurned at the end of the celebrationSymbolizes the end of winter, and the ashes are buried to symbolize fertility