Maslenitsa: An Orthodox Mardi Gras…With Snowball Fights

Maslenitsa: An Orthodox Mardi Gras…With Snowball Fights

Maslenitsa, sometimes called Butter Week, Crepe Week, or Cheesefare Week (i.e. the week we say goodbye to cheese), is a very popular religious and folk holiday for Orthodox Christians in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and other nearby areas. It’s similar to Mardi Gras or Carnival, in so far as it is...

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