Tuesday 21 February 2012

Eastern European Pagan Origins of Pancake Day

Here are a two recent news stories on the web about the pagan origins of Shrove Tuesday - or Pancake Day - in Eastern Europe.

The Voice of Russia: The origin of Shrovetide celebrations in Russia was Maslenitsa, a pagan feast that symbolised the end of winter and the beginning of spring: http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_02_17/66307179/

KyivPost: In the ancient Ukraine, pagans celebrated the increasing sunlight with festivals called Kolodiy and Maslyana: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/guide/sevendays/spec/detail/122625/#ixzz1n0XwGjjx

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