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Russians celebrate end of winter


Hundreds of people have been gathering in Russia’s capital to celebrate the final day of Maslenitsa, or pancake week, and to say goodbye to the winter.

Maslenitsa is one of the most celebrated festivals of the year in Russia, and marks the last week before the Great Lent fast in the Orthodox Christian tradition.

However, the holiday itself has its roots in pre-Christian Russia.

The festival culminates in burning of Lady Maslenitsa – a dummy stuffed with straw - symbolizing the burning away of winter and arrival of spring, even through there may still be plenty of snow around.


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