Pictures 'Winter' and 'Summer' by Russian artists Klimenko and Nagornaya
Everyone like to go to the nearest park and to watch a straw man burning, to eat pancakes with sour cream or caviar (for every budget). I love celebrating spring arrival and a farewell to winter in my garden.
Since ancient times festivals were timed to the day of the Vernal Equinox (March, 20-21). The New Year had began. In Egypt, people celebrated the fertility goddess Isis, in Greece the people honored the goddess Cora, Demeter and Athena. The celebrations in honor of the goddess Minerva in Rome were held for five days after the Equinox.
With the adoption of Christianity in Europe, the pagan holidays were filled with new content, keeping however a lot of archaic features. In pagan Russia a Shrovetide week began in the Vernal Equinox, and was the heir of an older festival associated with the cult of spring bear
Picture 'The Sorcerers' by Russian artist Panasenko
As for a pancake that was the symbol of the sun and life, it became the main Shrovetide week delicacy.
How is the Shrovetide Week celebrated in your country?
to be continued....