Wide Maslenitsa was celebrated at the university

Wide Maslenitsa was celebrated at the university

19 March 2024

On March 15, the university celebrated Maslenitsa in a student way. We publish a video report on the holiday prepared by the university student media center "Media_44".

Previously, Maslenitsa was celebrated for 14 days – a week before and a week after the vernal equinox, but the festivities were reduced with the adoption of Orthodox Christianity. For example, in 2024 the national holiday Maslenitsa was held from March 11 to March 17. However, the purpose of the holiday both then and now is the farewell of the winter and the meeting of the long-awaited spring. On Maslenitsa, it is customary to receive guests, be in a good mood and have fun.

Contests, songs and, of course, the main treat of the holiday – Blini (Eastern European pancakes) symbolizing the sun – all this was in abundance at the university.

For reference: Maslenitsa, also known as Butter Lady, Butter Week, Crepe week, or Cheesefare Week, is an Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday which has retained a number of elements of Slavic mythology in its ritual. It is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent; that is, the eighth week before Eastern Orthodox Pascha. The traditional attributes of the Maslenitsa celebration are the Maslenitsa effigy, sleigh rides, and festivities. The most characteristic food of Maslenitsa is blini – thin pancakes or crêpes.