Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday Moodboard 'Pancake Week or Maslenitsa'

Hello everyone! It has started! Pancake Week or Maslenitsa! Maslenitsa is a popular Russian carnival that celebrates the end of winter and beginning of spring. The whole week people will cook pancakes and visit each other. Each day of Maslenitsa has its traditional activity: one day for sleigh-riding, another for the sons-in-law to visit their parents-in-law, another day for visiting the godparents, etc. As the culmination of the celebration, on Sunday evening, Lady Maslenitsa is stripped of her finery and put to the flames of a bonfire. Any remaining blintzes (Russian pancakes) are also thrown on the fire, and Lady Maslenitsa's ashes are buried in the snow (to "fertilize the crops"). The last day of Maslenitsa is called "Forgiveness Sunday", indicating the desire for God's forgiveness that lies at the heart of Great Lent. At Vespers on Sunday evening, all the people make a poklon (prostration) before one another and ask forgiveness, and thus Great Lent begins in the spirit of reconciliation and Christian love.

 You can eat pancakes with berries and butter Blueberry Pancakes by honeyandjamphotos

 Or you can eat them with honey Raw honey-Black locust with some wildflowers by jcbees

Or with jam Organic Prickly Pear Jelly by HomemakersHeaven

Or you can just keep some pancakes for you Crepes and Fruit B - 1/12 miniature by PetitPlat


  1. Oh yummy...we're just off to make some!

  2. Wow, your pancakes look FABULOUS!

    Thanks so much for voting for me in the Best Of Feb 2011 contest - your support is GREATLY appreciated!


  3. Oh wow, these pictures made me reallllly hungry. =)


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