March 4, 2003 8:43 PM   Subscribe

Say goodbye to winter and welcome spring with a Russian-style Mardis Gras celebration of Maslenitsa-Pancake Day. Maslenitsa is an ancient pagan weeklong Slavic holiday held before the beginning of the Christian season of Lent. Pancakes, the traditional food eaten during this time, are round and hot, representing the sun. "Fat is the key word for Maslenitsa," said Valentina Bakhtina. It is a sort of Mardi Gras without the costumes and with a lot of butter. The central thing is to drink, be merry, and eat - pancakes and more pancakes.
posted by stbalbach (4 comments total)
I must note that for some unexplainable reason at 12:30am last night, I felt compelled to drag my girlfriend to the grocery store and get the required items to make pancakes. I ate pancakes and passed out happy. It's been months since I last had a pancake. The devil, i tell you...
posted by shadow45 at 8:54 PM on March 4, 2003

This would be the perfect holiday, if only it had some fajitas.
posted by rusty at 10:14 PM on March 4, 2003

I just went to a Fat Tuesday party. There was a pancake eating contest. None of the people there were MeFites.

I saw a robin today.
posted by namespan at 10:58 PM on March 4, 2003

posted by y6y6y6 at 5:00 AM on March 5, 2003

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