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Maslenitsa fair at IZOLYATSIA

803923_549148005118713_1864320219_n Привет, everyone!
I`m going to give you an account of our emotional celebration of Maslenitsa – the most cheerful and delicious folk festival lasting an entire week! The tradition of Maslenitsa dates back to pagan times, when Russian folk would bid farewell to winter and welcome spring. As with many ancient holidays, Maslenitsa has a dual ancestry: pagan and Christian.
In Slavic mythology, Maslenitsa is a celebration of the imment end of the winter.

Maslenitsa has always been celebrated, even during the Soviet times when all religious holidays were banned. People would then observe the festive side of the holiday, prepare pancakes and gather together with friends and relatives. But before that time, the week was important in many ways, social and religious. For that reason, people would not only gather and celebrate the end of winter, the return of life after a harsh winter, but also show their love to close relatives and ask for forgiveness. Read the rest of this entry