11.03.2013 – 17.03.2013
In peaceful life they protected
Sweet olden-time traditions;
With them on fatty Maslenitsa
Was always the Russian blin.
This week most Russians are celebrating a long awaited holiday known as Maslenitsa (Butter week or Pancake week). For religious people it is the last week before the Lent when they can eat various dishes while for the rest it is the time when people can enjoy different varieties of pancakes, participate in social gatherings and entertainment.
Back in times everyday of the Maslenitsa week had its meaning.
Monday (Meeting) was known for making the effigy of Maslenitsa, making blini with the first one given to the poor to remember the dead. Parents-in-law sent their daughter-in-law to her parents for a day and also came to her parent's house in the evening.
On Tuesday (Flirting) newly-weds as well as young people were skating, sledding, horse sleigh riding, eating blini ; it was the perfect time for matchmaking.
On Gourmand day, Wednesday son-in-law would come to his mother-in-law for blini. She also invited other guests.
Thursday (Revelry ) is the beginning of "Wide" Maslenitsa when a big variety of blini were made. People stopped doing household chores and took part in festive celebrations. Fist fighting and taking the snow fortress took place. It would end up with a rowdy feast.
On Friday ( mother-in-law evening) the mother-in-law would come to his son-in-law's house to enjoy her daughter's blini.
Saturday was known as a day when sister-in-law would invite her husband's sister to her house for blini. She invited her married or unmarried relatives depending on husband's sister status. She also had to give her a gift.
Maslenitsa week ended up with Forgiveness Sunday when people ask each other's forgiveness. It is also the day when the effigy of Maslenitsa is put to the flames of a bonfire
To enjoy this week you should go to one of the Moscow parks: Sokolniki, Gorky park, Kuzminki, Ostankino, Kolomenskoe , Tsaritsino. During the whole week and especially at the weekend festivities will be held all around the city. For more information, ask your Moscow tour guide where to go.
Moscow Current Events
28.09.2017 — 14.01.2018
Someone 1917 exhibition
The New Tretyakov Gallery presents a new exhibition devoted to 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution. At the exhibition you’ll see 1917 year through the eyes of the Russian artists including Grigoriev, Kustodiev, Nesterov, Petrov-Vodkin, Kandinsky, Malevich and others.
19.09.2017 — 18.01.2018
The 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art
The 7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art has recently opened in Moscow.The main project of the Biennale will take place in New Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val and will last for four months for the first time in the history of the Moscow Biennale.
Moscow in miniature
Would you like to see the central part of the largest city model that will enter the Guinness Book of World Records? You have an excellent chance to do it till the end of 2015 in All-Russia Exhibition Centre VDNKh. We belive that an architecture model of Moscow (Moscow in miniature) performed at a scale of 1:400 is really worth seeing.
Russian Impressionism Museum
Art-buffs are welcome to visit the Russian Impressionism Museum, which opened its doors in Moscow on the 28th of May. The exhibition hall is located on the grounds of the former “Bolshevik” confectionery factory grounds.
Robostation in VDNH
If you are interested in everything connected with robots you should certainly attend one of the most curious interactive museum called Robostation, situated in All-Russia Exhibition Centre VDNH. Here visitors of all ages have a great chance to get acquainted with modern robots, take part in different activities, enjoy technopark, chemistry show and show of dancing robots.
Archive Of Moscow Events:
23.09.2017 — 27.09.2017
Circle of light 2017
Did you know that last year the Circle of light festival was included in the Guinness Book of Records? This annual event features multimedia and musical shows, light and laser installations, audio-visual performances and more. This is a unique project that allows everyone to reveal the familiar face of Moscow in a new light. The admission is free.
22.09.2017 — 08.10.2017
Golden Autumn Festival 2017
Welcome to Golden Autumn Festival! Try delicious food from various regions of Russia, participate in cooking master classes, watch culinary shows and concerts and enjoy the beautiful decoration of Moscow streets and squares.
09.09.2017 — 10.09.2017
Theater events during Moscow City Day
If you love theatre you’ll surely find lots of interesting events during Moscow City Day Celebrations. Gorky Park will host the festival of street theatres from France, Italy and Spain while the Hermitage Garden on will surprise the visitors with a 12 hours open-air theater marathon.
01.09.2017 — 10.09.2017
Moscow anniversary festival 2017
Did you know that in 2017 Moscow celebrates is 870th anniversary? We invite you to join a festival from September 1 – 10 devoted to this glorious event and enjoy various concerts, performances, competitions, master classes and interactive games. The main events will be held on Tverskaya and Arbat streets, on Manezhnaya, Tverskaya and on the Revolution Squares.
26.08.2017 — 03.09.2017
Spasskaya Tower 2017 International Military Music Festival
"Spasskaya Tower" International Military Music Festival will traditionally take place on Red Square at the end of summer season. This year the festival will be held for the tenth time. The event is rightfully considered the largest international cultural project in Russia.
20.07.2017 — 06.08.2017
Moscow summer. Flower jam festival 2017
"Moscow summer. Flower Jam " festival gives an excellent opportunity to spend a weekend in the fresh air. The sweet tooth will enjoy confectionery shows, master classes and competitions. The best landscape architects, designers and florists of Russia and other countries will turn Moscow into a "City of Flowers"