pancakesRussia celebrates one of its best loved holidays - Maslenitsa.

Maslenitsa is a festival which celebrates the beginning of spring. Its roots date back to pre-Christian times with pagan traditions. For centuries in Russia, Maslenitsa was a time of fun and celebration and its practices became so important to the people that the Christian church had to recognise and adopt its rituals.
Traditionally, an effigy is burned, people cook pancakes and have snowball fights..

This year St Petersburg has hit the record in terms of burning of an effigy as  a symbolic of all sorrows and hardships are gone. Also the rite symbolizes the farewell to winter. Another important purpose of burning the effigies in old days there was improving of the fertility of the land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special offers

Visit SPb Tram Museum

Visit SPb Tram Museum and have a memorable ride on a vintage tram through the historical attractions.
(more…)

Enlarge your War and Peace knowledge by joining Guide For You on the War and Peace Trail. (more…)

If you are looking for something unique to do in Saint Petersburg, experience Russian Blacksmith mastership!

(more…)

Book your tour with us and get a free visit to the Faberge Museum!