Ethnography

Pancake Week in Moscow

Honest, Wide, Merry, they call Pancake week in Russia in different ways. In Russian calendar it's the longest holiday, it longs for the whole week. Pancake is believed to help spring to drive winter away. In ancient times the Slavs heathens celebrated this holiday on day of vernal equinox. It was only in 10th century, when Christianity was adopted, that Pancake appeared to forestall the Grand Lent and depend on its terms. Ancestors of Russians used to say: «Gorge and guzzle one's fill, sing oneself hoarse and dance till one drops» by preparing to Pancake week full of treating and fun. They believed a person that spent Pancake tediously would be unlucky through the whole year. In order to avoid such misery presenter of RTG TV Irina Pudova went to celebrate Pancake week in Moscow at Vasilievsky Spusk (Basil's Descent), located in the Red Square. Holiday in megalopolis appeared to differ from usual concept. Even traditional burning of an effigy is completed there with the help of digital technologies. Learn about Pancake week in a new way from film by RTG TV.

Director Maksim Sherman

Presenter Irina Pudova

Year 2011

Duration 00:26:39

Director Maksim Sherman

Presenter Irina Pudova

Honest, Wide, Merry, they call Pancake week in Russia in different ways. In Russian calendar it's the longest holiday, it longs for the whole week. Pancake is believed to help spring to drive winter away. In ancient times the Slavs heathens celebrated this holiday on day of vernal equinox. It was only in 10th century, when Christianity was adopted, that Pancake appeared to forestall the Grand Lent and depend on its terms. Ancestors of Russians used to say: «Gorge and guzzle one's fill, sing oneself hoarse and dance till one drops» by preparing to Pancake week full of treating and fun. They believed a person that spent Pancake tediously would be unlucky through the whole year. In order to avoid such misery presenter of RTG TV Irina Pudova went to celebrate Pancake week in Moscow at Vasilievsky Spusk (Basil's Descent), located in the Red Square. Holiday in megalopolis appeared to differ from usual concept. Even traditional burning of an effigy is completed there with the help of digital technologies. Learn about Pancake week in a new way from film by RTG TV.

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