Hi, everyone! How have you been recently? As for me, I’mwaiting for the grades and it makes me little nervous since I’m very impatientperson. =)

It’s still cold in Hokkaido and in Russia, but Russians arealready welcoming spring by celebrating Sun Festival calls Maslenitsa. I’m notsure you’ve ever heard about it, so let me explain what Maslenitsa actually is.=))

Maslenitsa is a Russian folk holiday usually celebratedduring the last week before Great Lent (this year from 20th to 26thof February). For seven days people are saying ‘goodbye’ to the winter andwelcoming the spring. Traditional food is blinyi (pancakes), popularly taken tosymbolize the sun. Since Maslenitsa is a traditionally family holiday, thewhole family can enjoy pancakes for seven days. In fact, my mom used to cookpancakes for breakfast and lunch during Maslenitsa and by the end of the weekyou would literally hate any kind of pancakes. =)

One of the most interesting attraction for kids is abrightly dressed straw effigy of Lady Maslenitsa (or Kostroma), the symbol ofthe winter, which at the culmination of the celebration (Sunday’s evening) isstripped of her finery and put to the flames of bonfire.

For me, making pancakes is always a big trouble, because mypancakes have any other shape, but circle. It more looks like Sponge Bob. =) Ifsomebody knows how to make beautifully shaped pancakes, please share yoursecret with me during we will chat in CCC. =)

See you soon in CCC.

Ana (Russia)

by chitchatcafe | 2012-02-24 15:25 | 札幌 英会話 サークル

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