Shrovetide week comes to an end, and people often drink tea with pancakes. (See Shrovetide Part1 and Shrovetide Part 2 ) In the old days a samovar used to boil water, it was always in any home. This kitchen item came to Russia more than 200 years ago.
I have never had a samovar in my home, but I read that it was necessary to put burning coals in a samovar center pipe.
Here are some photos (Internet source) of samovars. The white samovar on the left is electrical one, porcelain. The next one has a small tea pot on top.The typical samovar is a metal one in the center below. The other painted samovars are souvenirs.
The tradition was to fill a small teapot with tea and boiling water from a tap and then to place it on a top of a samovar. I can imagine how delicious tea was with pancakes at Shrovetide, when it was cold or snowstorm.
Here are some traditional scarecrows made nowadays in different areas of Russia. This Shrovetide I decided to make my scarecrow and to burn it in my garden.
Some typical scarecrows made of straw or wooden sticks, dressed in different clothes and shawls (Internet).
To realize my idea I prepared sticks, some rags for clothes and the scarecrow’s head. By tradition scarecrow should be dressed in women's clothes (don't know why!).
I've taken some old rags to make the head. Then I've painted her face, put "a dress" on and “a headscarf”. I've liked it, turned out not bad.
Then I installed scarecrow in snow and set on fire. Oh. scarecrow was burned well. The tradition means spring will be warm! (I think, in these ancient traditions is something of pagan rituals).
The audience appeared, they all wanted to spring come soon!