19 февраля 2007 г.

Pancake carnival in Moscow Russia

Every year group of enthusiasts organize unofficial Pancake week celebration.
People gather on a field deep in the forest and start to have fun: they toboggan


fighting "wall to wall"





playing games

And the main action in taking of the snow fortress

The snow fortress taking

The snow fortress taking

The snow fortress taking

The snow fortress taking. Victory

Then the scarecrow, that symbolize the winter, is set on fire
Winter incineration

the celebration ends.

Winter incineration

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Pancake carnival; Shrove tide; Pancake week; carnival; Mardi gras; russia; moscow; tradition; orthodox; Snow; fortress; assault; storm; onslaught

21 января 2007 г.

Epiphany's bathing

Cold water

Russian orthodox church ceremony of water consecration in New Jerusalem's monastery near Moscow.
Крещение господне в Новом Иерусалиме. Крещенские купания. 19 января 2007 года.
Epiphany's bathing in New Jerusalem's monastery. Russia.
Water temperature +5 C.
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