MASLENITSA is the Ancient Slavic tradition to invite Spring into Life.
Maslenitsa is an Eastern Slavic folk holiday that takes place the week before the start of Russian Orthodox Lent (this year, it starts March 18). Though now tied to the Christian calendar, Maslenitsa has roots in ancient Slavic sun worshippers — it originally marked the end of winter and advent of spring
How will we celebrate Maslenitsa at the Russian House:
- We will have a lot of Pancakes – Blini – the symbols of the Sun.
Topped with sour cream, caviar, berries or jam, blinis are everywhere, anyway you like ’em. Why blinis? Their round shape and warmth were meant to symbolize the sun.
- We’ll play some of the Russian games.
Pancakes are king during Maslenitsa, but there’s more to the festival than just food.
Family gatherings and playing games are all part of the tradition!