Russian Maslenitsa is actually an old pagan holiday known in Rus even before the coming of Christianity. The Church has never considered Maslenitsa to be part of its tradition, and there is no feast in the Church calendar called Maslenitsa. But as it is observed by many – Russians celebrate it for a week before lent.

We joined Russian community at the Russian Orthodox church in Midrand.

Practiced our Russian Conversation skills by talking to guests.

Watched children dancing Russian dances.

And ate lots of pancakes!)