Lets try to celebrate Maslenitsa (Russian carnaval)
Perhaps the most cheerful holiday in Russia is the Pancake week. This holiday is considered to come from pre-Christian times, when the Slavs were still pagans.
In the old days Maslenitsa was for remembrance of the dead. So the burning of the figure of Maslenitsa means her funeral, and blini (pancakes) – coliphia. But with time the Russians longing for fun and entertainment turned the sad holiday into jolly Maslenitsa with blini - round, yellow and hot as the sun, sledding and horse sleigh riding, fistfights and mother-in-law chatting. The rituals of Maslenitsa are very unusual and interesting because they combine the end of the winter holiday rituals and the opening of new spring festivals and ceremonies, which were to promote a rich harvest.
Maslenitsa is celebrated during the week preceding the Lent. Every day of Maslenitsa was devoted to special rituals.
Unfortunately i didn't find any place in Bologna where we can eat pancakes at the table. So I suggest to have a dinner at some local of FICO and than to taste delicious pancake from Venchi.
I will try to make you as usual a presentation about Russian culture.
See you soon friends
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