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Maslenitsa
 
Today is the 15th of February and a big holiday starts in Russia, it is called Maslenitsa. This is a week holiday which symbolizes the end of winter and the meeting of spring.

It is famous that all families make" blins"- pan cakes. All the people participate in different amusements- play snow balls, make snow men. 

Horse riding is also very popular. 
Pancakes look like the Sun may be that is why we make them greeting spring. It is a tradition to invite guests and feed them with pan-cakes. There are families where hundreds of them are made. During the last day of Maslenitsa people burn the doll made of straw, a kind of scarecrow, and this symbolizes the end of winter. 
It is interesting to know if other nationalities have their holidays to meet spring. 

Natalia Uglava, teacher
School 689 Moscow, Russia 
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