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17 Merry Pics Of Bye-Bye-Winter Maslenitsa Festival At Folk Museum In Belarus

With February at its end, Belarusians are counting days to the start of spring. And like their ancestors many years ago, people are calling for the Sun with ancient rituals, Maslenitsa being the tastiest of them.

During Maslenitsa week women cook pancakes at home, while the end of the week is marked by big outdoor celebrations with dances, singing, games, and, of course, ‘blinis’.

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This year one of the tastiest Maslenitsa open-airs was organized at the Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Lifestyle in A┼║jarco village just outside Minsk.

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The program of the event included the staging of unique rites and old folk games.

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The games might seems weird to a stranger, but are definitely a lot of fun! For example, everyone who reaches the top in the pole climbing, gets a nice treat.

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Small guests of the celebration were entertained by Batleyka, ancient Belarusian puppet theater.

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And there was a lot of traditional music and dances!

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There’s no real Maslenitsa without burning a scarecrow.

It is believed to mark the end of winter and bring spring closer.

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Photo report by TUT.BY