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Traditions of celebrating Maslenitsa in Russia

February 16, 2015, 12:48 UTC+3
Starting February 16, Russians celebrate Maslenitsa
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Maslenitsa is an Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday
Maslenitsa is an Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday
Maslenitsa is an Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday
© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov
During the week of Maslenitsa, meat is already forbidden to Orthodox Christians, but  milk, cheese and other dairy products are still permitted
During the week of Maslenitsa, meat is already forbidden to Orthodox Christians, but  milk, cheese and other dairy products are still permitted
During the week of Maslenitsa, meat is already forbidden to Orthodox Christians, but milk, cheese and other dairy products are still permitted
© ITAR-TASS/Anatoly Strunin
For Maslenitsa Russians usually have crepes (or blinis), which are made of the ingredients still permitted by the Orthodox tradition: milk, eggs and butter
For Maslenitsa Russians usually have crepes (or blinis), which are made of the ingredients still permitted by the Orthodox tradition: milk, eggs and butter
For Maslenitsa Russians usually have crepes (or blinis), which are made of the ingredients still permitted by the Orthodox tradition: milk, eggs and butter
© ITAR-TASS/Alexander Ryumin
© ITAR-TASS/Alexander Ryumin
Maslenitsa also includes lots of entertaining activities
Maslenitsa also includes lots of entertaining activities
Maslenitsa also includes lots of entertaining activities
© ITAR-TASS/Anatoly Strunin
© ITAR-TASS/Anatoly Strunin
Pillow fights
Pillow fights
Pillow fights
© ITAR-TASS/Valery Matytsin
Capturing a snow fortress is also a common activity
Capturing a snow fortress is also a common activity
Capturing a snow fortress is also a common activity
© ITAR-TASS/Anatoly Strunin
 The mascot of the celebration is usually a brightly dressed straw effigy of Maslenitsa
 The mascot of the celebration is usually a brightly dressed straw effigy of Maslenitsa
The mascot of the celebration is usually a brightly dressed straw effigy of Maslenitsa
© ITAR-TASS/Valery Matytsin
At the culmination of the holiday, on Sunday, the straw figure is burnt to symbolize the end of winter
At the culmination of the holiday, on Sunday, the straw figure is burnt to symbolize the end of winter
At the culmination of the holiday, on Sunday, the straw figure is burnt to symbolize the end of winter
© ITAR-TASS/Alexander Ryumin
© ITAR-TASS/Anatoly Strunin
© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov
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Maslenitsa is an Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday
© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov
During the week of Maslenitsa, meat is already forbidden to Orthodox Christians, but milk, cheese and other dairy products are still permitted
© ITAR-TASS/Anatoly Strunin
For Maslenitsa Russians usually have crepes (or blinis), which are made of the ingredients still permitted by the Orthodox tradition: milk, eggs and butter
© ITAR-TASS/Alexander Ryumin
© ITAR-TASS/Alexander Ryumin
Maslenitsa also includes lots of entertaining activities
© ITAR-TASS/Anatoly Strunin
© ITAR-TASS/Anatoly Strunin
Pillow fights
© ITAR-TASS/Valery Matytsin
Capturing a snow fortress is also a common activity
© ITAR-TASS/Anatoly Strunin
The mascot of the celebration is usually a brightly dressed straw effigy of Maslenitsa
© ITAR-TASS/Valery Matytsin
At the culmination of the holiday, on Sunday, the straw figure is burnt to symbolize the end of winter
© ITAR-TASS/Alexander Ryumin
© ITAR-TASS/Anatoly Strunin
© ITAR-TASS/Vladimir Smirnov

Starting February 16, Russians celebrate the Eastern Slavic holiday week of Maslenitsa. Learn more about traditions of the holiday in this photo gallery by TASS

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