Winter Holidays Around the World: Maslenitsa


When and Where is it Celebrated?

Celebrated in the last week before Orthodox Lent which starts the 7th Monday before Orthodox Easter.

Traditionally celebrated in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine and mark the end of winter.

What is Maslenitsa

Maslenitsa also known as "Butter Week," "Pancake Day," or "Shrove Tuesday."  Russians consume so many rich foods throughout this week, the last before the seven-week Lenten fast. 

Electronic Resources

Burning effigy of Lady Maslenitsa via Wikimedia Commons