Maslenitsa concluded with the Cheesefare Week, which ended on 18 February. In the capital, there were numerous events associated with this celebration and What’s on Kyiv visited one of them in Pyrohiv where celebrations relating to this tradition take place every year. What is Maslenitsa? Maslenitsa is one of the oldest symbolic holiday traditions of Slavic people. It symbolizes winter and the expectation of spring’s arrival. The celebration lasts for a week and ends on Forgiveness Sunday. In the Orthodox Church, the last Sunday before Great Lent – the day on which, at Vespers, Lent is liturgically announced and inaugurated – is called Forgiveness Sunday. On the morning of that Sunday, at the Divine Liturgy, worshippers hear: “If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses…” (Mark 6:14-15). The celebration of Maslenitsa is tied to Easter and begins a week before the Great Lent. Many meals are consumed during celebration. Pancakes are the main traditional dish. Celebration in Pyrohiv Pyrohiv is one of the most popular places for celebrations of Maslenitsa among Kyiv citizens and guests to the capital. There are many street cafes with a variety of pancakes, dumplings, and grilled vegetables on the menu. People also eat grilled meat, but it goes against the tradition. You can participate in various activities: sledding, dragging a rope, throwing snowballs and other contests. Folk groups perform on stage, and continue their songs off-stage. The burning of the stuffed winter effigy is the final stage of festivities. The general atmosphere Arriving here, it immediately turned out to be another dimension. A large number of people in traditional Ukrainian dress and a truly friendly and fun atmosphere. All people became one big family. People at neighbouring tables treat each other, laugh, and participate with each other in contests. We were also treated with pancakes. People about Maslenitsa We talked to people about the meaning of this tradition. For some, it carries a big sense given by ancient traditions. For others, this is a great occasion to spend time with family and introduce children to culture. And for others it is simply an excuse to enjoy delicious food and entertainment.