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04 March 2019, 12:10

Maslenitsa Traditions

Maslenitsa Traditions

Maslenitsa is an ancient Slavic feast which can be compared to a carnival. There is no specific date for it on the calendar. The holiday begins exactly eight weeks before Easter and lasts for a week. Each day of Maslenitsa has its own name:

Monday – The Welcoming. On this day Lady Maslenitsa is welcomed, fairs organized, places for folk celebrations prepared and Maslenitsa effigy is made

Tuesday – The Playing. People start visiting each other, engage in games, outdoor fun activities, sleigh riding. Single girls do fortune telling

Wednesday – The Sweet Tooth Day. Sons-in-law visit their mothers-in-law for a pancake treat

Thursday – The Revelry/The Wide Thursday, the day when the so-called Wide Maslenitsa starts. People make and eat bliny (thin pancakes or crepes), dance and enjoy outdoor activities. In old times that was also a day for fist-fighting tournaments

Friday – The Mother-in-Law's Eve. Sons-in-law invite their mothers-in-law for dinner. The invitation must be made in person

Saturday – The Sister-in-Law's Gathering. Young wives invite their husband's relatives to give them presents

Sunday – The Forgiveness Day. The Maslenitsa effigy is carried around the village and is burnt in a bonfire at sunset. Relatives and friends ask each other for forgiveness

Maslenitsa unleavened pancake recipe:

Whisk two eggs with a pinch of salt.

Add half a glass of flour and vegetable oil.

Add milk and mix all the ingredients until you have a smooth batter.

Heat a frying-pan and add vegetable oil.

Pour a ladle of batter onto the frying-pan.

When the edge of the pancake becomes brown, turn it over and cook until the other side of the pancake is ready.

Serve the pancakes with butter.

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