Maslenitsa

by Olga on February 19, 2012

I was asked, when Maslenitsa starts this year in Russia.

This year, Maslenitsa week starts tomorrow on February, 20, and will last till Sunday, February 26. It always takes place during the week before Lent. Maslenitsa is a celebration of the end of winter and welcoming the approaching spring, and hence of warmth, hope, and joy. I believe nobody painted Maslenitsa better than Boris Kustodiyev.

Kustodiyev_maslenitsa_1916

B.Kustodiyev Maslenitsa 1916

Kustodiyev Maslenitsa 1919

Kustodiyev Maslenitsa slegh riding 1919

Kustodiyev Maslenitsa gulyan'e 1919

Kustodiyev Maslenitsa 1920

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Ann Nottingham March 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm

It’s interesting that both Fat Tuesday and Maslenitsa involve pancakes just before Christian Lent. I never thought about the Eastern Orthodox church and Lent before.

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Olga March 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Pancakes are eaten during the whole Maslenitsa week. The pancake consumption ends on Sunday, and Lent begins on Monday.)

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