"Maslenitsa", Petr Gruzinsky, 1889 It's the beginning of XX century, before Revolution. One of the most famous master of genre painting was Boris Kustodiyev. He painted the majority of known Maslenitsa pictures of those years.
It's Russian Mardi Gras: Time For Pancakes, Butter And Fistfights
Across Russia, pancakes and butter abound as the country marks a weeklong celebration before the start of Russian Orthodox Lent. Pagan in origin, Maslenitsa calls for plenty of eating, sledding, merrymaking — and even organized fistfights.
Maslenitsa Festival of Russia - Where The Pancakes Never Stop
This year Maslenitsa festivities will be held at three large open-air festivals: the beach of Peter and Paul fortress, 300 years St Petersburg's anniversary park, and Kirov Central park on Elagin Island.