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.
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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.
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Moscow is behind us 1941. The military-historical festival
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21.09.2018 — 25.09.2018
Moscow International Festival «Сircle of Light» 2018
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Spasskaya Tower festival 2018
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10.08.2018 — 22.08.2018
Times and Epochs 2018
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20.07.2018 — 05.08.2018
Inspiration Interrnational arts festival
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19.05.2018 — 20.05.2018
Mousem Night 2018
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