Youth Observe Traditional Russian Festival in Beijing

March 14, 2016北京市
By Zhang JiaminEditor: Hewater Liu

A Russian girl prepares traditional Russian meat during the celebration in Beijing. [Women of China /Zhang Jiamin]

A celebration to welcome traditional Russian festival Maslenitsa (March 12) was held by youth from China and Russia at the Russian Cultural Center in Beijing,  March 10.

During their celebration, Chinese and Russian youth gave performances and played games.

Maslenitsa, also known as Cheese Week or myasopust (abstaining from meat), is an Eastern Slavic religious holiday with pagan origins which is usually celebrated during the final stretch of a three-week festival which requires participants to eat less and less meat before Lent. The name derives from the word masio, which means butter or oil in Russian, and is usually celebrated with buttery pancakes.

With increasing secularization, many Russians do not abstain from meat and Maslenitsa celebrations can be accompanied by shashlik vendors, however, meat still does not play a major role in the festivities.

Many countries with a significant number of Russian immigrants use the holiday to  celebrate Russian culture, although the celebrations are usually reduced to one day and may not coincide with the exact date of the religious celebrations.

Several Russian girls wear traditional costumes during the celebration. [Women of China /Zhang Jiamin]

Participants prepare to set fire to a scarecrow at the celebration in accordance with traditional Russian rituals. [Women of China /Zhang Jiamin]

Attendees celebrate the scarecrow bonfire. [Women of China /Zhang Jiamin]

(Women of China)

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