Bishkek, Feb. 19, 2018 / Kabar/. Maslenitsa - the celebration of the imminent end of the winter was held in Bishkek.
Various competitions were organized for children and adults - lifting dumbbells, timed eating pancakes and many interesting and funny games.
Local groups and artists performed at the festive concert. The program included songs and dances of representatives of multinational art groups.
The guests saw ancient Slavic dances and traditions, actively danced, tasted traditional Maslenitsa treats and the symbol of the holiday-tasty pancakes.
The events ended with traditional incineration of straw man.
Maslenitsa also known as Butter Week, Crepe week, or Cheesefare Week is an Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday, celebrated during the last week before Great Lent, that is, the eighth week before Eastern Orthodox Pascha (Easter).
During the week of Maslenitsa, meat is already forbidden to Orthodox Christians, and it is the last week during which eggs, milk, cheese and other dairy products are permitted, leading to its name of "Cheese-fare week" or "Crepe week". The most characteristic food of Maslenitsa is bliny thin pancakes or crepes, made from the rich foods still allowed by the Orthodox tradition that week: butter, eggs and milk.