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 Maslenitsa translates to butter in Russian.  This festival is known as: “Butter Week”  Pancake toppings include butter, but also caviar, jam and sour.

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2  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.

3 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

4  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

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7  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

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22 Russian Carnival Created by George Fuzayl ‘14


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