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Forgiveness Sunday

 Today is the last day of Butterweek, which is called Forgiveness Sunday, when people ask each other for forgiveness.

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Farewell to Butterweek is a traditional folk gathering, along with theatrical performances, sleighs’ sliding, games and amusements.

 A culmination of the festival is burning of an Idol made from straw and dressed as a woman, which is called Winter scarecrow and symbolized farewell to the winter and greeting the spring. 

масленица2  A straw-woman was burned in a field, beyond villages. Old stuff, clothes were burned also in fires, besides straw and firewoods. Nowadays it takes place in city/town squares, where all citizens are able to come.

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Have a lovely weekend, guys! 😀

 

*painted pics I took from the net