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One of the most beloved Russian holidays – Maslenitsa – carries a lot of symbols and meanings. Having appeared as a pagan holiday, it has become part of the church calendar; unrestrained fun coexists in it with preparations for Great Lent. Contradictory and bright, reckless and daring, loud and satisfying – this is all about Maslenitsa.

The lecture participants will hear about the history and traditions of the Russian Maslenitsa, about the places of old Moscow associated with the holiday. Guests will be told how Maslenitsa is reflected in Russian art and whether there are analogues of this holiday in other countries.

Maslenitsa is a whole complex of rituals. Among them there are both relatively young ones, for example, the origin of the tradition of taking a snowy town dates back to the beginning of the 18th century, as well as the oldest ones – baking pancakes, visiting graves and others.

The lecture is given by Anna Yakovlevich, historian and Moscow expert.

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