Maslenitsa. This holiday has come to us since pagan times. A holiday like Maslenitsa is celebrated in many cities. Usually on this holiday people often go out to entertain themselves and play games. Also, a holiday such as Maslenitsa lasts seven days. Celebration begins a week before Lent. This holiday in Russia was called "Cheese Week", as it was allowed to eat butter and dairy products for seven days.
Maslenitsa: traditions of celebration. During the celebration, Maslenitsa was divided into narrow - the first three days and wide - the last four days. Each day of the Maslenitsa has its own special meaning. On Monday and Tuesday, people had different entertainments: ice skating, songs, dances, ditties, round dances, jumping over a fire .
Rite of passage burning effigies. Sunday is the last day of Maslenitsa. On this day it is customary to ask each other for forgiveness. The symbol of the holiday is considered a scarecrow, which is burned at the stake. Burning a scarecrow is a rite that is dedicated to seeing off winter and meeting spring. Maslenitsa is a very funny and interesting holiday, which amuses with its entertainments and traditions
Exercise 1 Read the text. Determine from statements 1-5 below that are consistent with the text and are inconsistent.1) The Maslenitsa lasts 14 days.2) The symbol of the Shrovetide scarecrow.3) The main dish is pies.4) Pancakes are a symbol of the sun.5) Burning a scarecrow is not a special rite. Exercise 2 Choose the correct answer. How many days does Maslenitsa last?a) 5 daysb) 7 daysc) 10 days. What day of the week is the rich table set?a) mondayb) wednesdayc) sunday. What day of the week do you apologize to each other?a) saturdayb) fridayc) Sunday Exercise 3 Give an answer to the question: What does the ritual of burning effigies mean?