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26.02.2015

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Yekaterinburg is Celebrating Pancake Week
The Pancake Week (Maslenitsa, Rus.: Масленица) is one of the most memorable Russian traditions.    
 
When Christianity came to Russia, Slavic tribes did not know cheese or butter.  
 
The name Maslenitsa (coming from the word "butter," maslo, Rus.: Масло) was created to explain what can be eaten during these days - dairy products, but not meat.  
 
Russians celebrate the Pancake Week joyfully with pancakes (blini, Rus.: Блины), which are baked every day from Monday till Sunday, and outdoor activities & games.  
 
On the last Sunday before Lent Christians Russians ask forgiveness from each other: "Please, forgive me!" The traditional answer is "God will forgive. And you forgive me."
 
 
 

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