Maslenitsa

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Have I ever told you that I am absolutely in love with Russian culture!  The love affair began predominantly through my piano studies. I fell in love with Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky music and they incorporated a lot of their culture into their compositions. Of course, I do realise that there is more to Russian culture than matryoshka dolls, Swan Lake and Leo Tolstoy !

None the less, this weekend I was lucky enough to learn a little bit more about Russian culture as we were introduced to the festival of Maslenitsa through a colleague of mine who is Russian. I was told that the tradition of Maslenitsa dates back to pagan times, when Russian folk would bid farewell to winter and welcome spring. However, this is a Sydney style Maslenitsa, so I guess we are bidding farewell to summer and welcoming winter :-( although Sydney winters are nowhere near as bad as Russian winters so hooray for southern hemisphere Maslenitsa and we can keep on smiling !

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The weather was absolutely shocking! I have never seen it rain so badly in Sydney for the 10 months that I’ve been living here! But to be honest from what I read about this holiday/Festival, I would feel very weird if I was eating those rich crepes in 30 degree heat, so in a way the bad weather and the drop in temperature were somewhat fitting.

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It wasn’t Sergei Rachmaninoff but it was still pretty cool traditional Russian music.

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The food proved to be just as rich as the culture and we tried some wonderful Pirozhki (which was a lot like Cornish Pasty)

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and some Vatrushki (round things with cheese in the middle). P.S. How cool is her apron?! I totally want one.

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Thank you Dimitry and Anna for showing us around (Anna on the left, Dimitry on the right, and a friend of theirs who is dressed in a traditional Russian outfit).

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