Maslenitsa

Like the Western Christians, the Slavs who are a part of Eastern Orthodox Churches, have their own Carnival festivities related to the Great Lent – a period of 40 days during which they are not allowed to eat fatty food in order to get purified before Easter. That’s why we have a Pancake week, or Maslenitsa week, just before the Lent!

Sure, both Maslenitsa and Western Carnival have pagan origins. These holidays take place in late winter/early spring, time of changes with approaching Spring Equinox. Roman New Year was attached to the Equinox. Slavic peoples had festivities related to saying goodbye to Winter which is always symbolized by a ritual doll that is burnt.

With Christianization, people had to change the purposes of those celebrations – this is the reason why today Carnival and Maslenitsa are Christian holidays. However, they kept several old symbols.

What do we offer at our Maslenitsa events? Lots of pancakes (called “bliny” in Russian), hot beverages, Russian caviar and other traditional food. Folk music and dance performances, games, competitions and the Burning of Winter doll.

Maslenitsa is a great occasion to get acquainted with Russian and Eastern Slavic culture. Welcome to our open air events that will make you discover the real Russian spirit!

Maslenitsa 2019

Invitation to the event

In 2019, our Maslenitsa took place on Saturday, March 9, in Lausanne, at the Domaine de Pra Roman. Our event has been a classic Russian Maslenitsa with traditional food, games, craft workshops and even pony riding, without forgetting the Burning of Winter doll! It was hosted by Sergey Fedyanin, master of ceremonies from Moscow, and two music bands: Malachite, a folk Russian music band from Lausanne, and Furor Band, a jazz and contemporary music band from Tambov, Russia.
Price of the event for adults: 25 CHF including 2 warm meals, a hot beverage, a glass of wine, entertainment program and gifts.
Price of the event for kids above 6 years old: 15 CHF including the same things as adults except the glass of wine.
Kids under 6 years old: free entrance!

General sponsor of the event: Honorary Consulate of Russia in Lausanne

Sponsors and Partners:
AU DOMAINE DU PRA ROMAN
MATRIOCHKA SCHOOL
BURNIER DOMAINS
HOME AUTOMATION BY NJ
REYMOND & ASSOCIES

Maslenitsa 2018

Maslenitsa 2017

In 2017, our Maslenitsa took place on Sunday, February 26, at the Champéry ski station, and was hosted by Sergey Fedyanin, master of ceremonies from Moscow, a Russian dance ensemble from Geneva, Danse avec Ludmila, and by musicians: singer and guitarist Mikhail Smirnov, accordion and domra players: Vladimir and Julia.

Free entrance!

General sponsor of the event: Honorary Consulate of Russia in Lausanne under the leadership of the Honorary Consul Mr. Frederik Paulsen.

Partners:
PORTES DU SOLEIL – Champéry tourism office
AVANTHAY PARTNERS
LIATOSS SARL
EUROTRANSASIA
TOP BALLOON

Maslenitsa 2016

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In 2016, our Maslenitsa took place on Sunday, March 13, on a field of Saint-Légier-La Chiésaz village. The event was hosted by Sergey Fedyanin, master of ceremonies from Moscow, musicians Natalia Jdanova (guitar), Tatiana Tallifert (accordion), Denis Fedorov with his folk music band, and a dance ensemble from Lausanne, Ivushka. The rector of the Russian Orthodox Church in Vevey, Father Adrian, also visited our event.

General sponsor of the event: Honorary Consulate of Russia in Lausanne under the leadership of the Honorary Consul Mr. Frederik Paulsen.

Partners:
MODERN TIMES HOTEL and personally Mr. Ferdinand Locher
METROPOL restaurant
GALAGAN JEWELLERY