Maslenitsa: history and traditions of the holiday
The modern generation still honors the holidays that have been celebrated by our ancestors, and one of them is Maslenitsa. To spend Maslenitsa week fun and unforgettable, you need to know about the basic traditions of this event.
Annually Maslenitsa is celebrated a week before the onset of Lent. It is during the period of Shrovetide week you can treat yourself to your favorite traditional treats and plunge into the cheerful atmosphere of the holiday. Many believe that this is an old Russian event is only a pagan character.
However, the history and some traditions of the holiday are closely connected with the Orthodox religion.
Maslenitsa: the history of the holiday
The holiday is an integral part of pagan culture, so even the ancient Slavs celebrated everyone’s favorite Maslenitsa. After the Baptism of Russia, the church made the event one of the religious ones, calling it a Meat-Friendly Week. During this period, Christians could afford to eat meat, but only before the onset of Lent.
In Russia, the holiday had a special meaning. During the Maslenitsa week, our ancestors worshiped the sun, as God, and asked him for the coming of spring. People themselves made efforts to accelerate the arrival of warm days.
Therefore, there were traditions such as burning stuffed animals, riding from the mountain and cooking pancakes.
It is believed that a week before the onset of Lent every believer must give up not only eating pancakes, but also from any animal products. However, this opinion still has no official confirmation, which means that nothing will prevent you from being pampered with your favorite holiday dish.
Almost every person is familiar with the main traditions of the holiday, but in fact they are much more. Experts of the site dailyhoro.ru offer you to learn more about the entertainment and customs at Maslenitsa.
You already know that immediately after the Maslenitsa week begins a long Lent. However, during the Maslenitsa period you can enjoy tasty and hearty dishes. There is dairy food — one of the main traditions of the holiday. Usually in early March, for the first time after the winter, cows were inns.
In the cold season, people preferred not to slaughter cattle, but there was almost no meat left. Therefore, dairy products were the main source of protein. That is why pancakes for Maslenitsa were baked only with milk.
Our ancestors believed that pancakes — a symbol of the sun and heat. In order to speed up the onset of spring, each hostess prepared pancakes with different fillings during the week and necessarily called guests home.
At the beginning of the Pancake Week, it was decided to begin preparations for the holiday. Therefore, they began to decorate houses, build snowy mountains and put on a scarecrow.
In spite of the fact that the effigy of Shrovetide was dressed up on Monday, it was allowed to burn it only on Sunday. In this way, people saw off the bored cold winter and greeted the warm spring.
At the beginning of the week, all residents built a large snow mountain. It was considered, who more than once will roll down from the mountain, for that year will be happier.
During this period, unmarried girls and boys began to show attention to each other. Future housewives showed their culinary skills to the guys and treated them to pancakes and other pastries.
Fun is an important part of Maslenitsa. People went outside, led round dances, sang and danced. Young people played snowballs, sledding and fist fights.
The girls, dreaming of getting married, were guessing at their betrothed.
At this time, both experienced and young housewives could boast of their culinary abilities. The mother-in-law came to the house to their mother-in-law, and they treated them to pancakes, which is why the fifth day of Carnival was nicknamed “Tishchiny Vechki”. However, the young wives did not want to stand aside and convened the whole family into their home.
Not all young girls could please the guests, in which case they received advice from the eldest woman in the family.
They said goodbye to winter only on the last day of Shrovetide. People made noisy festivities, have fun and burned the effigy. In each house a rich table was laid, in the center of which there was a large plate with pancakes. This day was also called Forgiveness Sunday.
All family members asked each other for forgiveness, and believers attended church to pray for absolution and begin Lent with a pure soul.
Burning stuffed Shrovetide — an ancient rite. On the last day of the Pancake Week you can say goodbye to the cold season and greet the upcoming spring. However, to make a straw doll is not so simple: for this you need to familiarize yourself with important rules and peculiarities of its creation. We wish you happiness and good mood, and don’t forget to press the buttons and