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Maslenitsa chases away the winter blues: Slavs’ way to say goodbye to the cold season

March 05, 17:59 UTC+3

Take a look at Maslenitsa, or Shrovetide celebrations in Russia, Belarus and Lithuania

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People dressed in traditional clothes sing and dance during Maslenitsa celebrations in the village of Ozertso, Belarus
People dressed in traditional clothes sing and dance during Maslenitsa celebrations in the village of Ozertso, Belarus
People dressed in traditional clothes sing and dance during Maslenitsa celebrations in the village of Ozertso, Belarus
© EPA-EFE/TATYANA ZENKOVICH
People play sack fighting on a bench during Maslenitsa celebrations in Belarus
People play sack fighting on a bench during Maslenitsa celebrations in Belarus
People play sack fighting on a bench during Maslenitsa celebrations in Belarus
© EPA-EFE/TATYANA ZENKOVICH
Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) is a traditional Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday, marking the end of winter that dates back to pagan times
Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) is a traditional Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday, marking the end of winter that dates back to pagan times
Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) is a traditional Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday, marking the end of winter that dates back to pagan times
© EPA-EFE/TATYANA ZENKOVICH
People watch the burning effigy of the Lady Maslenitsa during the celebrations in Belarus
People watch the burning effigy of the Lady Maslenitsa during the celebrations in Belarus
People watch the burning effigy of the Lady Maslenitsa during the celebrations in Belarus
© EPA-EFE/TATYANA ZENKOVICH
A performer wearing a traditional carnival mask looks through a window in Shrovetide celebrations, in Rumsiskes village, Lithuania
A performer wearing a traditional carnival mask looks through a window in Shrovetide celebrations, in Rumsiskes village, Lithuania
A performer wearing a traditional carnival mask looks through a window in Shrovetide celebrations, in Rumsiskes village, Lithuania
© AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis
Revellers play accordions during Shrovetide celebrations in Lithuania
Revellers play accordions during Shrovetide celebrations in Lithuania
Revellers play accordions during Shrovetide celebrations in Lithuania
© AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis
Performers are seen during the Maslenitsa festival on Manezhnaya square, Moscow, Russia
Performers are seen during the Maslenitsa festival on Manezhnaya square, Moscow, Russia
Performers are seen during the Maslenitsa festival on Manezhnaya square, Moscow, Russia
© Sergei Karpukhin/TASS
 Maslenitsa festival on Manezhnaya square, Moscow
 Maslenitsa festival on Manezhnaya square, Moscow
Maslenitsa festival on Manezhnaya square, Moscow
© Sergei Karpukhin/TASS
Volunteers cook pancakes during Maslenitsa holiday celebrations near the Kremlin Wall in Moscow
Volunteers cook pancakes during Maslenitsa holiday celebrations near the Kremlin Wall in Moscow
Volunteers cook pancakes during Maslenitsa holiday celebrations near the Kremlin Wall in Moscow
© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
Visitors eat pancakes during Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) holiday celebrations in Moscow
Visitors eat pancakes during Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) holiday celebrations in Moscow
Visitors eat pancakes during Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) holiday celebrations in Moscow
© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
Making pancakes as part of Maslenitsa festival celebration marking the end of winter and welcoming the arrival of spring in Moscow
Making pancakes as part of Maslenitsa festival celebration marking the end of winter and welcoming the arrival of spring in Moscow
Making pancakes as part of Maslenitsa festival celebration marking the end of winter and welcoming the arrival of spring in Moscow
© Sergei Karpukhin/TASS
Performers sit in a stylized old village courtyard during Maslenitsa holiday celebrations in Moscow
Performers sit in a stylized old village courtyard during Maslenitsa holiday celebrations in Moscow
Performers sit in a stylized old village courtyard during Maslenitsa holiday celebrations in Moscow
© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
Maslenitsa is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent, preceding Orthodox Easter
Maslenitsa is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent, preceding Orthodox Easter
Maslenitsa is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent, preceding Orthodox Easter
© Sergei Karpukhin/TASS
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People dressed in traditional clothes sing and dance during Maslenitsa celebrations in the village of Ozertso, Belarus
© EPA-EFE/TATYANA ZENKOVICH
People play sack fighting on a bench during Maslenitsa celebrations in Belarus
© EPA-EFE/TATYANA ZENKOVICH
Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) is a traditional Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday, marking the end of winter that dates back to pagan times
© EPA-EFE/TATYANA ZENKOVICH
People watch the burning effigy of the Lady Maslenitsa during the celebrations in Belarus
© EPA-EFE/TATYANA ZENKOVICH
A performer wearing a traditional carnival mask looks through a window in Shrovetide celebrations, in Rumsiskes village, Lithuania
© AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis
Revellers play accordions during Shrovetide celebrations in Lithuania
© AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis
Performers are seen during the Maslenitsa festival on Manezhnaya square, Moscow, Russia
© Sergei Karpukhin/TASS
Maslenitsa festival on Manezhnaya square, Moscow
© Sergei Karpukhin/TASS
Volunteers cook pancakes during Maslenitsa holiday celebrations near the Kremlin Wall in Moscow
© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
Visitors eat pancakes during Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) holiday celebrations in Moscow
© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
Making pancakes as part of Maslenitsa festival celebration marking the end of winter and welcoming the arrival of spring in Moscow
© Sergei Karpukhin/TASS
Performers sit in a stylized old village courtyard during Maslenitsa holiday celebrations in Moscow
© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
Maslenitsa is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent, preceding Orthodox Easter
© Sergei Karpukhin/TASS

Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) is a traditional Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday, marking the end of winter that dates back to pagan times. Maslenitsa is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent, preceding Orthodox Easter. During this week, meat is already forbidden to Orthodox Christians, but milk, cheese and other dairy products are still permitted. During Maslenitsa, Russians usually have pancakes, which are made of the ingredients still permitted by Orthodox tradition. Take a look at the Maslenitsa celebrations in Russia, Belarus and Lithuania.

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