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    • Slavic Pancake Festival: Maslenitsa Celebrations in Moscow
    • Slavic Pancake Festival: Maslenitsa Celebrations in Moscow
    • Slavic Pancake Festival: Maslenitsa Celebrations in Moscow
    • Slavic Pancake Festival: Maslenitsa Celebrations in Moscow
    • Slavic Pancake Festival: Maslenitsa Celebrations in Moscow
    • Slavic Pancake Festival: Maslenitsa Celebrations in Moscow
    • Slavic Pancake Festival: Maslenitsa Celebrations in Moscow
    • Slavic Pancake Festival: Maslenitsa Celebrations in Moscow
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    Participants of the Moscow Maslenitsa Week festival.

    Take a look at the celebrations of Maslenitsa, which is believed to be the oldest surviving Slavic holiday, in Moscow in Sputnik's photo gallery.

    Maslenitsa is a traditional Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday, celebrated during the last week before Great Lent, preceding Orthodox Easter. Some traditional Maslenitsa activities involve eating pancakes, fist fighting, snowball fighting, sleigh rides and burning a scarecrow of "Lady Maslenitsa" that represents winter.

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