He climbs for a prize at the tradititional russian holiday.
Maslenitsa (Russian: Масленица), also known as Butter Week, Pancake week, or Cheesefare Week, is a Russian religious and folk holiday. It is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent—that is, the seventh week before Pascha (Easter). Maslenitsa corresponds to the Western Christian Carnival, except that Orthodox Lent begins on a Monday instead of a Wednesday. The Orthodox date of Easter can differ greatly from the Western Christian date. In 2008, for example, Maslenitsa was celebrated from March 2 to March 8.
Maslenitsa has a dual ancestry: pagan and Christian. In Slavic mythology, Maslenitsa is a sun festival, celebrating the imminent end of the winter.
On the Christian side, Maslenitsa is the last week before the onset of Great Lent. During Maslenitsa week, meat is already forbidden to Orthodox Christians, making it a myasopustnaya nedelya (Russian: мясопустная неделя, English "meat-empty week" or "meat-fast week"). During Lent, meat, fish, dairy products and eggs are forbidden. Furthermore, Lent also excludes parties, secular music, dancing and other distractions from the spiritual life. Thus, Maslenitsa represents the last chance to partake of dairy products and those social activities that are not appropriate during the more prayerful, sober and introspective Lenten season.
The most characteristic food of Maslenitsa is bliny (Russian pancakes), popularly taken to symbolize the sun. Round and golden, they are made from the rich foods still allowed by the Orthodox tradition: butter, eggs, and milk.
Maslenitsa also includes masquerades, snowball fights, sledding, riding on swings and plenty of sleigh rides. In some regions, each day of Maslenitsa had its traditional activity: one day for sleigh-riding, another for the sons-in-law to visit their parents-in-law, another day for visiting the godparents, etc. The mascot of the celebration is usually a brightly dressed straw effigy of Lady Maslenitsa, formerly known as Kostroma.
As the culmination of the celebration, on Sunday evening, Lady Maslenitsa is stripped of her finery and put to the flames of a bonfire. Any remaining blintzes are also thrown on the fire, and Lady Maslenitsa's ashes are buried in the snow (to "fertilize the crops").
Religiously, the beginning of Great Lent is traditionally tied to the beginning of Spring, an association found in the Greek Triodion (containing hymns for the Lenten season), going back to at least a century before the Baptism of Rus—thus having no connection with pagan Russian customs. The ancient hymns refer to the "Lenten Spring," a natural link because of the time of year during which Lent always occurs in the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The church services during this week are very similar to those served during Great Lent itself, though they are shorter. This is also the first time the Prayer of Saint Ephrem is said and the Divine Liturgy is forbidden on Wednesday and Friday (as it is on every weekday of Great Lent).
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jbemmels (0) 2009-05-24 1:34
A most unusual subject for a photo! I like the ring of people around the bottom and it is strange that they are all looking in other directions, as well as the man climbing who seems to be looking down instead of up. However, the red hat and pink jacket the foreground is unfortunately quite distracting. But, I understand, it is a festival, it is a moment - hard to get rid of these details. Nonetheless, interesting photo and great to read about the festival.
Budapestman (82620) 2009-05-24 6:12
Splendid shot with spectacular vertical composition and superb timing. Great impression with interesting and meaty note. Tfs! Have a nice Sunday!
Fis2 (86801) 2009-05-24 7:45
Very curious reportorial shot.
Good frame and curious moment.
trekks (14348) 2009-05-24 9:22
Very interesting story told in your note about the Maslenitsa and with long-passed-down tradition as shown in this man's climb up the pole [or maybe coming down].
tedesse (25133) 2009-05-24 9:25
Ale dzis dales lektury do czytania!
Interesujacy kadr,dobre kolory i piekne swiatlo.
Ciekawy jestem czy zdobyl nagrode?
ingvar (2088) 2009-05-24 14:25
Своеобразный ракурс, Среж!
Любили на Руси шесты...
Главное, чтоб по своей воле на на них лазать...
Нравится и праздничная доминанта детской шапочки!
Удачи тебе на славянской земле!
Я в 13.20 сегодня ее покидаю, и уже свяжусь в эти дни "оттуда"
swiatopelk777 (0) 2009-05-25 2:11
Brave man. Wonderful scene. Good composition.
Greetings from Poland!
Uhu (8475) 2009-05-25 2:51
Спрос какой на Майское Дерево!
У них тоже, кстати, эта забава имеется, сам лично майское дерево в Австрии видел.
Поначалу и не понял, что твоя фотка - так дизайн сайта изменен. Коричневые подписи - зачем? Было бы голубое, как было!
fanni (14381) 2009-05-25 15:13
this is really one of the most interesting and unusual photos on TE! "In the true spirit of TE", as we would say :)
I like it very much, and though the child in the FG is a bit disturbing, the most important is the moment captured :)
Хороша, хороша фота :)
Композиция подгуляла немного, но зато сюжет!.. :) Такого на ТЕ (в мою бытность) я не припомню.........
Хорошего вам утра и вообще дня!
all the best!
fritzi007 (6619) 2009-05-30 10:28
Zur Osterzeit gibt es bei uns den Maibaum.
Dein Kommentar ist useful, gratuliere!
Tukan-T5 (4317) 2010-11-17 9:35
Well, probably hard to climb a pole and win the prize.
Interesting shot, funny picture.
- Copyright: Serghei Pakhomoff (serp2000) (40652)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-03-01
- Categories: Festivals
- Exposure: f/8, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My favorities of Russia [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-05-24 1:18