Istra, Russia, 06/03/2011..People watch a giant doll of Lady Maslenitsa burn as they celebrate Maslenitsa, also known as Butter Week or Pancake Week. Maslenitsa marks the beginning of the Russian Orthodox period of Lent, but is a traditional Russian Holiday marking the end of winter, and has its origins in pagan times.
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