(Pancake week, in Russian "blini").
is the only purely Russian Holiday that dates back to the pagan
times. On this week churches jingles with bells.
The people are letting the long-annoying winter out and the long-awaited
The essential element, of course, is blini (pancakes). Blin is
the symbol of sun. It is as round, gold and warm as the sun. We
serve them hot with either butter, or sour cream, or caviar, or
mushrooms, or sturgeon - to any taste.
The last day of Maslenitsa is called Forgiveness Day. All ask
one another for forgiveness in order to redeem themselves from
their sins before the Great Lent. They bow to one another and
are said, "God will forgive you". The Blini week is
over and so is the winter giving way to the spring.
You will see brightness of Russian folklore,
to participate in Russian ancient ceremonies and entertainments,
to try delicious Russian food, to see and get for memory original
and traditional products of masters of national crafts and artists,
to see Ethnographic action in the country house - "the Repayment
of the bride".