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Maslenitsa 2018 - Rockefeller Greenhouse in Cleveland

Maslenitsa 2018
Rockefeller Greenhouse in Cleveland
For Russian Cultural Garden
February 18, 2018

The Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden hosted its 4th annual Maslenitsa celebration at the Rockefeller Greenhouse.

Maslenitsa doll


Maslenitsa has its origins in both pagan and Christian traditions. In Slavic mythology, Maslenitsa is a celebration of the imminent end of the winter. It has been compared to Mardi Gras or Carnival.

The event was also a fund-raiser put on by the Russian Cultural Garden committee. The Russian Cultural Gardens is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to promoting the Russian Heritage and Russian cultural influence in America. The Russian Cultural Garden has a prominent goal of building the Russian Cultural Garden as a part of the Cultural Gardens of Cleveland in the Rockefeller Park. Visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/russiangarden.

The event was full of music, games, shopping, auction and Russian food and drink.

The Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus aka the Cuyahoga Cossacks performed. Here is video one of their Russian songs from the 2018 Maslenitsa celebration.

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Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus

Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus

Another highlights was the Best Babushka Contest where ladies showed off their favorite babushka.



Best Russian Babushka Contest

Best Russian Babushka Contest

The food was a major attraction as people enjoyed Blini (pancakes) (maybe with a cup of Caviar), Baranki (pretzels), Pelmeni (dumplings), Sbiten (traditional hot herbal beverage), Petushki (Russian lollipop) and Shashlyk (grilled chicken or pork). Shashlyk is like shish kabob and can be chicken, beef, pork, lamb and even fish. The meat is marinated and put on skewers and grilled on an open flame.



Preparing the Shashlyk

Preparing the Shashlyk



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Enjoy these images from the 2018 Maslenitsa Celebration in Cleveland.

Boris Vinogradsky

Boris Vinogradsky


Irina Vinogradsky and Mikhail Stolyarova

Irina Vinogradsky and Mikhail Stolyarova


Blini Contest Judges

Blini Contest Judges


Auction

Auction


Russian lollipops - Petushki

Russian lollipops - Petushki


Cleveland Maslenitsa food volunteers


Cleveland Maslenitsa food volunteers


Cleveland Maslenitsa food volunteers


Russian entertainment MC


Cleveland Maslenitsa food volunteers


Cleveland Maslenitsa food volunteers


Cleveland Maslenitsa food volunteers


Cleveland Maslenitsa caviar

Caviar!


Caviar at Maslenitsa


Best Russian Babushka Contest

Best Russian Babushka Contest


Best Russian Babushka Contest


Best Russian Babushka Contest


Best Russian Babushka Contest


Best Russian Babushka Contest


Best Russian Babushka Contest


Guests could try on Russia costumes for photos

Guests could try on Russia costumes for photos


Guests could pose with Russian cutouts

They could also pose with Russian cutouts


Guests could pose with Russian cutouts


Russian dolls

Russian dolls


Maslenitsa doll


Maslenitsa sun

Congratulations to the leaders of the Russian Cultural Garden and the Maslenitsa committee for a terrific event.

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