Russian Maslenitsa Festival on the Sunday of Cheesefare - 02/22/15

The Russian Orthodox Community of Greater Cleveland held a traditional Maslenitsa or "Butter Festival" to kick off the upcoming Great Lenten Fast. The event was held at the Russian Community Garden on MLK Blvd. in Cleveland and brought together people from all over to sample outdoor cooked blini (pancakes) smothered in sour cream and butter. Tea or "chi" was served directly from old fashioned samavars. There were songs, dancing, feats of strength, and various games for all ages. This was a wonderful way to enjoy a day of feasting on dairy before the start of Great Lent on Clean Monday.