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Maslenitsa Масленица

The week before Great Lent is celebrated by Russian Language Academy students.


Maslenitsa is a pagan and Christian feast.  Slavs celebrate the end of Winter with Maslenitsa.  Christians prepare to fast during Lent.  The feast translates as “Butter Week” and features rich foods.


Students read poetry, sing songs, raise toasts and feast on buttery Russian blini with caviar, smoked fish and preserved fruits.


At the end of the celebration, Lady Maslenitsa is burned and her ashes are scattered through the garden.


Learning Russian cultural traditions is a strong reason for studying Russian at the Russian Language Academy.