Maslenitsa is an Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday. It is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent - that is, the eight week before Eastern Orthodox Pascha (Easter). Maslenitsa corresponds to the Western Christian Carnival, expect that Orthodox Lent begins on a Monday instead of a Wednesday, and the Orthodox date of Easter can differ greatly from the Western Christian date. 


So basically, friends of mine explained that Maslenitsa is an event celebrating the end of the winter and beginning of the spring. It lasts one week, and we celebrated it on last Wednesday at the dorm. The evening included time well spent with awesome people, lot of bliny (pancakes) eaten and burning a really creepy doll. (And I'm not still sure why we did that, but it was such fun though!) 
Besides eating, we had some nice discussions - it makes you really wonder things all around again, when you hear the opinion and point of view of Russian about the Ukraine situation. And as always, studying was a hot topic - for some reason IB students speak about school all the time...
And as the only one, who wasn't IB student was the Japanese exchange teacher, we had some weird Japanese stuff to eat as well. Green KitKat isn't really something that I'm used to. 
But as a conclusion - this is what I love the most in IB. Getting to know new traditions of new cultures (I had never heard about Maslenitsa before) and having friends from different places of the world. I really love the fact, that I'm heading towards the tolerant and open-minded me, who's gonna be a true world citizen at some point. I love it, that I can call these people my friends. Once more - HEEEEEY I love you guys!

After a few hours in the dorm I headed to my theory lessons - only five left, yay. I'm most probably getting my drivers license on time in the beginning of April! 

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4 kommenttia

  1. A lovely blog you've got :-)

  2. En tiedä et pitäisikö kommentoida suomeksi vai englanniksi, mutta turvallisella suomella mennään :-D Tuo kuulostaa tosi hauskalta juhlalta, itsekään en ole siitä ikinä ennen kuullut! Tosi kiva blogi sulla :-)

    1. heh, samapa tuo kun kahdella kielellä tää blogi menee anyways :D Maslenitsa oli tosiaan tutustumisen arvoinen juhla :) + kiitokset!