By Laman Ismayilova
Russian holiday "Maslenitsa" was celebrated in Baku, Trend Life reported.
Colorful events were held in "Modern" Educational complex and Azerbaijan’s National Art Museum.
A theatrical presentation took place at Baku`s "Modern" Educational complex. The programme featured musical and dance performance, various games and others.
A similar celebration was held in Azerbaijan’s National Art Museum as part of the “Museums as bridges between cultures “ project.
Maslenitsa welcomed its guests with performance of the folklore ensemble. Visitors cooked pancakes and made talisman that protect its bearer.
The events were organized with the support of the Russian Information and Cultural Center in Baku.
Maslenitsa, also known as Pancake Week, is the last week before Lent. It celebrates the end of winter, symbolized by the burning of effigies. The celebration has been getting more popular in recent years!
In Slavic mythology, Maslenitsa is a sun-festival, personified by the ancient god Volos, and a celebration of the imminent end of the winter. In the Christian tradition, Maslenitsa is the last week before the onset of Great Lent.
Everyday there is a special activity. For example, on Tuesday different games are held in the open air. Everyone can take part in them. On Wednesday you have to visit your mother-in-law and eat pancakes at her place. On Thursday you can go sled-riding. On Sunday a straw effigy symbolizing winter is burnt.