Maslenitsa is a formerly pagan festival meant to hasten the arrival of spring, which was reinvented through the influence of the Russian Orthodox Church as a final chance to rejoice before the 40 days of Lent.
Nowadays, it is largely a winter folk festival for people who want to dance, eat pancakes, maybe wrestle a little, or climb a greased pole to show off. It typically ends with the burning of an effigy of winter.
The Saturday celebrations in the village of Nikola-Lenivets in Kaluga Region, however, took Maslenitsa to an entirely new level. Instead of an effigy, the centerpiece for the burning was a massive wicker gothic cathedral made from alder, complete with four towers with spires reaching as high as 30 meters.
The structure reportedly took 20 builders and three months to complete.
A post shared by Даниэлка (@oldwitchy) on Feb 18, 2018 at 2:25am PST
Всем привет! Тут такое дело… у нас две масленицы подряд, не успеваем не то что фотки обрабатывать, даже не спим толком – блины печём 😬 . Вчера были в Никола-Ленивце на готической масленице (фото сделали там), сегодня уже на Бакшевской в Подмосковье. Подробности скоро 🔥 . А вы отмечаете Масленицу? 🙂
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