Maslenitsa, Russian Shrovetide is a traditional holiday marking the end of winter that dates back to pagan times. Maslenitsa is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent, preceding Orthodox Easter and lasts for a week-long that includes Russian fairytale characters, open-air theatre, dancing, fireworks as well as folk songs and throughout the whole week, people cook pancakes (bliny)-symbol of the sun. Maslenitsa has become a symbolic festival of saying good-bye to winter and welcoming spring.
Students of International School of Medicine along with the Candidate of Medical Sciences, Ass. Professor-Kostritcyna T.V. visited the festival that was organized by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Kyrgyz Republic on the 18th February 2018 in Bishkek and took active participation in the celebration of Maslenitsa, Russian Shrovetide.