Hello-Hello! Welcome to Pancake Week 2017! Because I have a not-so-secret addiction to pancakes, everyone who I can get my hands on during this week shall eat pancakes!
Maslenitsa – aka the Pancake Week / Butter Week / Crepe Week – is a folk and religious holiday for the Orthodox Christians, celebrated during the last week before the Great Lent. A whole week to eat pancakes!!! To gain some fat before long and exhausting fasting, basically.
Maslenitsa is probably the oldest Slavic holiday with origins deep in the Pagan festival of the Sun, a celebration of the end of winter. Personally I think that Pagan tradition makes much more sense than this appropriated Orthodox Christian.
You can read more about Maslenitsa in Wiki or simply Google it and scroll through dozens of images – it will give you a pretty solid idea of what the hype is about. For me, it’s about family to gather around a tasty festive meal. Pancakes just happen to be the perfect reason!
Pancake week 2017. Day 1: Done! And consumed 🙂 Oladyi* with apples.
*oladyi are palm sized pancakes made with eggs, flour and buttermilk. Traditionally, oladyi are Ukrainian pancakes. Mine are thinly sliced apple rounds dipped in /covered with pancake dough and fried.
Stay tuned for more pancakes from around the world throughout the week!
P.S. Here are my posts on Maslenitsa from the previous years:
Pancake Week! 2014