In Russia, there's a whole week dedicated to pancakes

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In Russia, there's a whole week dedicated to pancakes
ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA. MARCH 13, 2016. A girl eating blini (Russian pancakes) during Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week]. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Valery Matytsin/TASS (Photo by Valery Matytsin\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA. MARCH 13, 2016. Children playing with straw during Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week]. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom Geodakyan\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA. MARCH 13, 2016. An effigy being burned during Maslenitsa festival [Russian Pancake Week] that celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring, near the Abramtsevo estate. Sergei Fadeichev/TASS (Photo by Sergei Fadeichev\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA. MARCH 13, 2016. People attend Maslenitsa festival [Russian Pancake Week] that celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring near the Abramtsevo estate. Sergei Fadeichev/TASS (Photo by Sergei Fadeichev\TASS via Getty Images)
NOVOSIBIRSK, RUSSIA. MARCH 13, 2016. A woman with blini (Russian pancakes) during Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week]. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Kirill Kukhmar/TASS (Photo by Kirill Kukhmar\TASS via Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA. MARCH 12, 2016. A straw doll is burned in a bonfire during Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week]. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor Aleyev\TASS via Getty Images)
ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA. MARCH 13, 2016. People attend Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week]. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Valery Matytsin/TASS (Photo by Valery Matytsin\TASS via Getty Images)
LENINGRAD REGION, RUSSIA. MARCH 13, 2016. People attend Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week] in the village of Shuvalovka. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Ruslan Shamukov/TASS (Photo by Ruslan Shamukov\TASS via Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA. MARCH 12, 2016. A girl attends Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week]. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor Aleyev\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA. MARCH 13, 2016. People attend Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week]. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom Geodakyan\TASS via Getty Images)
RYAZAN, RUSSIA. MARCH 13, 2016. Blini (Russian pancakes) during Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week]. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Alexander Ryumin/TASS (Photo by Alexander Ryumin\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA. MARCH 13, 2016. People making a blin (Russian pancake) with a diameter of 3 metres during Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week] in Moscow's Hermitage Garden. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Nkolai Galkin/TASS (Photo by Nikolai Galkin\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA. MARCH 13, 2016. People making a blin (Russian pancake) with a diameter of 3 metres during Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week] in Moscow's Hermitage Garden. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Nkolai Galkin/TASS (Photo by Nikolai Galkin\TASS via Getty Images)
RYAZAN, RUSSIA. MARCH 13, 2016. A sack fight during Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week]. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Alexander Ryumin/TASS (Photo by Alexander Ryumin\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA. MARCH 13, 2016. People attend Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week]. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom Geodakyan\TASS via Getty Images)
KAZAN, RUSSIA. MARCH 12, 2016. People attend Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week]. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Yegor Aleyev/TASS (Photo by Yegor Aleyev\TASS via Getty Images)
A young man tries to climb atop a pole to get some souvenirs during celebrations of Maslenitsa, or Shrovetide in the Russian ancient city of Suzdal, some 200 km (124 miles) east of Moscow, Saturday, March 12, 2016. Maslenitsa is a traditional Russian holiday marking the end of winter that dates back to the pagan times. (AP Photo/Mikhail Chikin)
RYAZAN, RUSSIA. MARCH 13, 2016. Blini (Russian pancakes) during Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week]. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Alexander Ryumin/TASS (Photo by Alexander Ryumin\TASS via Getty Images)
OMSK, RUSSIA. MARCH 12, 2016. Children attend Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week]. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Dmitry Feoktistov/TASS (Photo by Dmitry Feoktistov\TASS via Getty Images)
People dressed in stylized ancient Russian costumes dance during celebrations of Maslenitsa, or Shrovetide in the Russian ancient city of Suzdal, some 200 km (124 miles) east of Moscow, Saturday, March 12, 2016. Maslenitsa is a traditional Russian holiday marking the end of winter that dates back to the pagan times. (AP Photo/Lyudmila Chikina)
RYAZAN, RUSSIA. MARCH 13, 2016. An effigy being burned during Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week]. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Alexander Ryumin/TASS (Photo by Alexander Ryumin\TASS via Getty Images)
People watch goose fighting during celebrations of Maslenitsa, or Shrovetide in the Russian ancient city of Suzdal, some 200 km (124 miles) east of Moscow, Saturday, March 12, 2016. Maslenitsa is a traditional Russian holiday marking the end of winter that dates back to the pagan times. (AP Photo/Mikhail Chikin)
People celebrate Maslenitsa, or Shrovetide in Moscow's Gorky Park, Russia, Sunday, March 13, 2016. Maslenitsa is a traditional Russian holiday marking the end of winter that dates back to pagan times. (AP Photo/Denis Strelkov)
People watch the burning symbol of spring, which looks like a brown bear getting out of his den, created by Hungarian artist Gabor Miklós Szoke for the festival in Gorky Park during a celebration of Maslenitsa, or Shrovetide in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 13, 2016, with the building of the National Defense Center of Russian Defense Ministry in the background. Maslenitsa is a traditional Russian holiday marking the end of winter that dates back to pagan times. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
RYAZAN, RUSSIA. MARCH 13, 2016. A straw doll being burned during Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week]. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Alexander Ryumin/TASS (Photo by Alexander Ryumin\TASS via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA. MARCH 13, 2016. An effigy being burned in a bonfire during Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week]. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom Geodakyan\TASS via Getty Images)
ROSTOV-ON-DON, RUSSIA. MARCH 13, 2016. Making blini (Russian pancakes) during Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week]. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Valery Matytsin/TASS (Photo by Valery Matytsin\TASS via Getty Images)
NOVOSIBIRSK, RUSSIA. MARCH 13, 2016. People attend Maslenitsa festival [Pancake Week]. The holiday celebrates the end of winter and marks the arrival of spring. Kirill Kukhmar/TASS (Photo by Kirill Kukhmar\TASS via Getty Images)
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There's a festival in Russia celebrating pancakes, and we want in.

What may be the oldest surviving tradition, "Maslenitsa" is a Russian holiday marking the end of winter that dates back to pagan times.

As the last week before Lent, meat is forbidden to Orthodox Christians and it is the last time during which eggs, milk, cheese and other dairy products are permitted.

So, Russians prepare the most popular food of Maslenitsa, called "blini," which are thin pancakes or crepes made from the rich foods still allowed.

Other celebrations include men climbing atop poles, sack fights and the burning of effigies.

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