Celebrating Looming Lent With A Massive Pancake Feast

Category: World / Mar 11, 2013 2:00PM EDT
Carnival spirit was enjoyed as Moscow residents of all ages were treated to pancakes in the lead up to Russian Orthodox Lent. But the real treat was the variety with 35 different types of pancakes known traditionally as “blini”. The ‘blini’ represents the sun of spring, as effigies lined the street, and will later be burned to represent life after death. Lining the cobble stone streets were all different types of performers in a sea of music and celebration. Celebrating pre-Lenten begun long ago as a pagan ritual. The name of the festival is Maslenitsa, and comes from the word butter and means a time for feasting. Video Courtesy Of Reuters