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


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.

Ahead of Lent, a 'Pagan' Festival in Eastern Ukraine
Ahead of Lent, a 'Pagan' Festival in Eastern Ukraine

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