Maslenitsa: Russians start celebrating pagan spring festival
Russia's Pancake Week, begins in Russia on Mar. 11 this year. People are preparing for the arrival of spring by gathering with relatives to eat pancakes.
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#1 Mar 11, 2013
"Malinitsa" means "no butter." This writer has things mixed up. The beginning of Lent is the end of eating dairy or butter & meat until Easter (Pascha). The pagans may have a Spring Festival, but it has nothing to do with the beginning of Lent!
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