Russian Pancake Week

On February 24th the Kidsfruit team helped to celebrate Maslenitsa! The Russian Holiday which celebrates the end of Winter and the start of the Spring.

Why have a Pancake Day, when you can have a Pancake Week?

Yes, That’s right! In Russia they dedicate a whole week to eating pancakes, filled with all sorts of delicious fruits and eating them with friends and family.

Maslenitsa is one of the oldest surviving Slavic holidays, celebrating the last week before the start of Lent. Traditionally, this week marked the final week where people were allowed to eat eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products before Lent started. Much like Shrove Tuesday in the Christian calendar, this has come to mean a week of using up these products to create many different pancakes with a variety of yummy fillings.

Each day of Maslenitsa has a different focus, with the final Sunday dedicated to the burning of the Lady Maslenitsa doll. The ashes are then scattered across the fields to fertilise the new spring crops.

Our favourite, fresh fruit, pancake fillings are raspberries and strawberries, blueberries with honey, banana and chocolate, or sometimes even lemon and sugar! What are yours?