Foreigners celebrate their first Shrovetide festivities at USU
During the Pancake week, foreign students of
the preparatory department of the Center for Russian Language and Culture said
goodbye to the long Russian winter and met their first spring in Russia.
On these March days they visited the museum-estate
of urban life “Simbirsk of the late XIX - early XX centuries”, “Exhibition Hall
in Pokrovskaya”, the regional library for children and youth named after S.T.
Aksakov. Everywhere they were met with a warm welcome and a wonderful festive
program: an intelligible story about Maslenitsa, master classes on making a
martinich puppet doll, ancient Russian games and, of course, tea-drinking with
traditional pancakes, carefully baked by the masters of refectory №4. The
lexicon of foreigners has been replenished with new words and expressions: “start
of merriment”, “gourmet”, “to go to the mother-in-law
for pancakes”, “with Maslenitsa”, and unfamiliar Russia has become much closer.
The students continued their festivities already at the Shrovetide Fun event at the main building of USU, where mummers and buffoons entertained guests with contests. The holiday ended with the traditional burning of the effigy of winter.