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In Photos: Russia Burns the Winter Blues Away With Maslenitsa Festivities

In Russia, the last week of the pre-Lenten season is traditionally marked by the Maslenitsa folk festival.

Best known for its signature food, bliny (thin pancakes), Maslenitsa week signifies the bridge between winter and spring and culminates with weekend open-air festivals in cities and villages across Russia.

Here is a closer look at how Russians celebrated the country’s most amusing holiday this year: