This is a short summary of one of the articles from Webzine SILKROADIA VOL.4 NO.1. For more specialized information, please download our Webzine, and read "Maslenitsa Festival, a Great Event to Celebrate" written by Cameron Shirvani Steiner, an Film Studies student in the Dodge College of Film & Media Arts at Chapman University in Orange County, California, USA.
“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people;” that is what Mahatma Gandhi said concerning national identity. As for Russian culture, its historical roots are represented in the customs and traditions reflected both in the life of our modern society and in art, covering all its various forms. In this article, we are eager to share some facts about a true pearl of Slavic national culture — the legendary Maslenitsa holiday!
The traditions of Maslenitsa are widespread in our modern celebrations. Hardly can anyone find such a great variety of festive activities like we arrange in our country! “In Moscow alone, more than 500 events are planned every year to celebrate the Slavic folk holiday. The main events are set in the city’s parks, museum clusters and estates as well as along pedestrian streets” (56th Parallel, “Maslenitsa”). Moscow authorities organize fairs, performances, and concerts. We enjoy playing the traditional Maslenitsa games, including playful charges on a fortress built from snow. The seventh and final night of Maslenitsa features the burning of “the Maslenitsa scarecrow,” which symbolizes a farewell to winter (Crepe Week”)
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