The Pancake week in Russia: bright spring festival
The ancient Slavic holiday of Maslenitsa is seven days of fun, sledding, competition and, of course, enjoying delicious pancakes. Scope and content it is often compared with the European carnivals, the time when you can immerse yourself in the vibrant whirlwind of popular culture.
In addition, Carnival is a symbolic farewell to inhospitable in the winter and a joyous spring. Until the seventeenth century this was the equivalent of the modern Christmas celebrations. By the way, the beautiful spring no accident exactly welcome pancakes, because they, rosy and warm, very similar to the sun.
Carnival and Christian tradition
Perhaps it is because of its friendly “nature” Carnival does not repeat the fate of other pagan holidays. After the establishment of Christianity in Russia, the tradition was not abolished, but only partially transformed. The dates of the celebrations were to depend on Great Lent (before Shrovetide week was the vernal equinox from March 22 to 24), and the celebration became his eve – Cheesefare week.
In the Christian tradition these days – the time needed to devote to communicate with loved ones, forgiveness and reconciliation, which is most inspiring spring festival.
Carnival is coming, fuck Yes honey with a bear
The celebration of carnival is a symbol of renewal and life. That is why during the celebrations are welcome entertainment and fun. About the importance of celebrating a big way and say many folk proverb: “Though everything lay, and to spend Shrove Tuesday”, “Who’s on Shrove Tuesday treat to skimp, for the year to splurge, Cheese, sour cream, oil, taste, all the troubles, generosity of soul izbuvei” and others.
By the way, of the occasion with panache and plenty of jokes were common not only among people but also among other social strata. So, in 1722 on Shrove Tuesday Peter I rode through the snow on the ship, followed by gondola “floated” disguised as a peasant girl Catherine.
How did the Pancake week in Russia?
Every day this fun-filled holiday has its value. So, on Monday, the villages were taken Shrove Tuesday and Maslenica made of straw. Tuesday spent zaigryshi. On this day around the Scarecrow danced, bobsled, etc. In some regions, on Tuesday conducted the bride.
Wednesday-gourmet sons-in-law came to his mother on the pancakes. Over unmarried village joked and invented them punishment from the obligation to pay off pancakes before walking with decks on the feet through the village.
Thursday-Razgulyay – day the brightest events. At this time, there were fisticuffs, residents dressed in humorous costumes, participated in the battles of snowballs, etc. Friday, which was called “the evening mother-in-law” was a family affair: mother-in-law came to the son-in-law on pancakes.
On Saturday took place the wires of the holiday: carnival buried or burned, and the young daughters-in-law arranged for family gatherings. Sunday combined Christian and pagan tradition, on this day, people talked and forgave each other old grievances.
The most popular holiday traditions
Maslenitsa is a veritable treasure trove of indigenous traditions. Many rites were connected with the main treat – pancakes. During the holidays it was possible to try different types of this dish, because every family recipe was special and was passed from generation to generation. The first pancake was considered a memorial, it was posted on the window for the repose or gave to the poor.
Also related with pancakes divination and omens. With their help, an unmarried girl could learn the name of her spouse. She took one of the first pancakes and treated them to a passer-by. The man’s name was the name of the future groom.
Riding downhill on a sled was also part of the ritual. It was believed that the child’s family, who will travel with slides on the other, will be able to grow the longest flax. Fist fights, capture snow FORTS and other fun stuff also had ritual significance, it could be very different depending on the region.
Today is bright and cheerful Carnival does not lose its relevance, because in spite of the changing lifestyle, it is a good reason to violate a series of everyday life, to relax and socialize with family and friends.