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Russian Orthodox believers celebrate Maslenitsa

Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, preparatory to Great Lent started for Orthodox Christians on Monday February 23.

Russians traditionally celebrated Maslenitsa as a bright folk carnival with abundant food and entertainment. The Church reminds that the purpose of this week is to get ready for the Lent, reconcile with our neighbors and forgive our offences.

The festival reached its peak on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. People cooked pancakes, went to see each other, games and spectaculars were set at fairs.

Forgiveness Sunday crowns Butter week. The Church serves the order of forgiveness, when clergymen and parishioners ask each other for mutual forgiveness in order to enter Great Lent with pure soul.

Maslenitsa festival procession in downtown Moscow is to be held on March 1, city authorities have promised it would be comparable to the Brazil Carnival. Pancake week will be celebrated at 133 city sites.

For the first time, Russian folk feast Broad Maslenitsa will be celebrated on Forgiveness Sunday at the square near London city hall.

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