Maslenitsa is a favorite holiday of many people. Despite the fact that this festival has kept pagan roots and elements of Slavic mythology, Maslenitsa is still considered a preparation for lent.
The celebration of Maslenitsa — the ancient Slavic tradition. At this time, people having fun, go to visit, arrange celebrations and eat pancakes. In the pancake week, it is impossible not to rejoice, because soon we expect farewell to winter and warm days. Besides, it’s the last week before lent, and that means that everyone has the opportunity to eat their fill. However, one should not forget that Church on some holidays imposed a ban on meat and cheese products.
Mardi Gras in 2018
The everyday life of our ancestors was filled with not only work but also rest. For the Slavs, Maslenitsa has long been a meeting of the New year. Over time, of course, things have changed and now the Carnival falls on the week before lent. A specific date for the celebration of this day cannot be found in the calendar. Fortunately, it can be calculated independently. For this you need to subtract from the dates of Easter 56 days, of which 48 days of lent, and 7 days of Maslenitsa. In 2018, the celebration of Maslenitsa falls on the period from 12 to 18 February.
During the pancake week begin mass festivals, cooking traditional dishes, making scarecrows, sliding and tobogganing. Main meal at Shrovetide table — pancake with their shape and color symbolize the Sun. In addition, they are rosy and hot. People bake pancakes in honor of the Sun which gives us warmth, light and life. This is perhaps the only holiday that the Church does not condemn gluttony. Most of the Slavic rites passed into the Orthodox world, still people remember the traditions of our ancestors and follow them to encourage good luck, prosperity and abundance.
See off the winter with all the scope — burning the effigy of Maslenitsa that symbolizes the cold and dark days without sunlight. This ceremony is considered to be not only a solemn farewell to the winter, but a cleansing of negativity, renewal and rebirth.
In ancient times, Shrove Tuesday was considered a day of remembrance of dead people, but after a while the people who loves entertainment and fun, has turned the carnival of the day of grief and sorrow in a carefree and cheerful holiday. Its celebration lasts for a whole week and every day of Maslenitsa has its own special rituals and traditions. Sunday 18 February is called “forgiveness”. This is the time when each person asks for forgiveness from family and friends, to leave all grudges in the past. This ritual helps to get rid of doubt, envy and evil. According to Church canons the last day of carnival it is customary to pray to the Lord and all the saints for the souls of the dead and the living.Maslenitsa — the ancient, cheerful and loved by the people party, which survived until our days. A Slavic tradition moved into the modern world and are respected now. We wish you excellent mood, cheerful Maslenitsa, and Easter. Success for all