Festivities at the carnival
Maslenitsa is a traditional holiday of the Slavs, symbolizing the end of winter and onset of spring. Orthodox calendar calls it Cheese Sedmitsa. This week, the men must forgive their loved ones, to apologize to them. In addition, festivals on Shrove Tuesday. Consider all of these points in more detail.
What is a Carnival?
Let's start with the holiday itself. According to the Orthodox calendar, Maslenitsa is the last week before lent. Before in Russia there were Christianity, this festival was a pagan. They celebrated it for two weeks. With the advent of Christianity the holiday and many of the favorite Russian traditions are preserved. Among them – folk festivals on Shrove Tuesday.
People used to happily say goodbye to winter and gladly welcome spring. This period has always been perceived as the awakening of Mother Nature and yarily-Sun (the most revered in pagan times of a deity, who gives to all life force and heat). Incidentally, before pancakes is baked in round pellets. They were a symbol of the sun. Baked them in large quantities and were treated to all their relatives and friends. Absorbing this cake, people believed that eats up a small part of solar power and heat, fills it with particular force.
In short, the festivities at the carnival remained. Just cakes was replaced with pancakes. The very name of the holiday has changed too. In paganism it was called Comoedia. Carnival holiday is called, as this is the last week when you can eat animal products such as butter including.
Meetings and Zaigrysh
Every day that long-awaited holiday has its own traditions. There is a kind of script of the carnival. Festivities starts on Monday with a meeting of spring. On this day people make a straw man, put on him a dress and carry on the sled. Children build a snow slide, adults, bake pancakes, the first of which is given to the poor, or hung on the branches of a tree in memory of the souls of deceased relatives.
Continues following the scenario of carnival: festivities on Tuesday called Zaigrysh. The Scarecrow is set in the center of the square around him dance in a ring, all ate cakes and pancakes. Young people eyeing their potential mate. In the evening the people sent to the gatherings.
Gourmet and party
Wednesday starts next festivities on Shrove Tuesday. It's Gourmet, which is celebrated on Wednesday. Son-in-law invited to visit to his mother and treats her pancakes.
Thursday starts the midst of the festivities. On this day it is forbidden even to work. It's called Carousing. Ride with hills on sleds, Christmas carols and zazyvaniya spring, friendly tea – all of this is happening Thursday!
Teschin evening, Zolovkina gatherings
On Friday start the evening Mother-in-law. This day is the son-in-law invites me to visit the mother on the pancakes.
Seeing the carnival starts on Saturday with Zolovkina get-togethers. To the daughter-in-law on pancakes in a hurry sisters of her husband. Outside in the day playing in the capture of snow small towns, symbolizing the last refuge of winter.
What is the last stage? Final farewell to the pancake week is forgiveness Sunday. In this day people visit each other's homes. They apologize for everything that ever hurt their loved ones. And in the evening the effigy is burned, the ashes of which dissipates in the wind, in the villages – in the field. This tradition symbolizes a good harvest.
Festivities at the carnival the streets are not limited to
That's not all. The scenario of carnival on the street, usually held on the above standard. However, in the palaces of culture, schools, some businesses, etc. also held a variety of activities.
Live entertainment, contests, shows and fair – all this makes the holiday even more bright, fun and interesting. Cultural events give everyone the opportunity to feel the joy and warmth of approaching spring, despite the fact that they are in the premises.
In urban areas, too, we say goodbye to winter
The scenario of carnival on the street thought out in all settlements. And even in many major cities in the Central squares organized fairs, sold pancakes and bagels, set the Scarecrow.
Hundreds of citizens come to the square to say goodbye to winter. Traditional games and competitions, national entertainments, lots of fun – even the gloomy weather can't spoil the mood!
The people are very happy to take part in various competitions, competing in their skills as they sing and dance provocatively. The festive atmosphere is charging all special energy and positive emotions.
Jokers and jesters
Mardi Gras, mass celebrations, games and a tea party with pancakes are a fun and vibrant Russian tradition. On organizes performances in many villages and towns often act as jokers and clowns. They entertain the audience, make them run, jump and have fun. As a result, people do not notice nor cold, nor fatigue. They just participate in a traditional pancake competitions and fun, enjoy the performance of clowns, laughing heartily.
For example, the Joker can organize battles with wet pillows on the beam, tug of war, lifting weights, the conquest of the ice poles and even shots at each other with brooms.
The most active participants, they receive a small remuneration in any souvenir, traditional pancakes, cakes, etc. by the Way, to the icy pole you can also hang the gifts. The participants with pleasure and tremendous zeal will come get them. With prizes down to earth, of course, only the most agile and strong.
There is another competition organized by the jesters. Attending the festivities can, for example, compete in eating pancakes with sour cream. However, such fun entertainment and for other dishes. It could be pies, cakes, and drinks.
In short, if you want to have fun – pay attention on such a wonderful holiday as Maslenitsa. Scenario street celebrations often include more and different carnivals.
They begin, as a rule, immediately after the presentations, clowns, folk artists, contests, and many other surprises prepared for residents of a particular locality and its guests.
In the carnival procession involves a large number of people. They wear a variety of costumes, sing songs, dance and having fun. For the entourage when the carnival procession is often used stilts or sled. The procession stops near a regular point of sale pancakes, pies, other Goodies and hot tea.
Here everybody can buy a variety of decorations, toys and Souvenirs. In addition, at the end point of the carnival procession represented the creative work of various artists, photographers, masters of applied art.
At the end of the Shrovetide festivities you will be able to see the fire show, performances of famous artists and, of course, the burning of an effigy bearing the carnival. Carry it in front of him until the very end of the carnival procession.
Burning effigies – the process is mysterious and interesting
Mardi Gras on the street in most towns takes place in all traditions. An effigy is burned in the last turn. All those present applauded vigorously, but for safety, of course, meet the rescuers and firefighters.
The effigy burns very bright and fast. It is a symbol of the coming spring. Accordingly, the cold freeze of the inhabitants of villages and towns no longer. Neither snow, nor ice can't scare them.
Around stuffed before ignition takes place are also many sites with a variety of entertainment for attendees. Here you can relax, snack, drinking tea, just talking with those who came to the festival. All present with great pleasure to dance in front of a huge bonfire, holding hands, nuzzled dances, sing songs, designed to attract the spring.
In short, the Carnival is a fun, joyous laughter, warm smiles! Festivities, lasting a week, allow you to relax, get away from the monotony of the working day and days. Well, a foretaste of coming spring even more uplifting to others!