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Russians Celebrate Maslenitsa In Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Russians, Ukrainians, and other Slavic cultures are celebrating Maslenitsa, the Orthodox Christian equivalent of Mardi Gras or Carnival. The celebration marks the beginning of Lent and the imminent end of winter. In Osh, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian diaspora celebrated the holiday on the weekend with their 10th annual festival full of costumes, singing, and dancing. (13 PHOTOS)

Pancakes are among the traditional dishes eaten on Maslenitsa.
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Pancakes are among the traditional dishes eaten on Maslenitsa.

A scarecrow represents Lady Maslenitsa, the spirit of the festival.
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A scarecrow represents Lady Maslenitsa, the spirit of the festival.

Members of the folk ensemble Razgulay perform for festival-goers.
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Members of the folk ensemble Razgulay perform for festival-goers.

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Father Victor of the Church of the Archangel Michael in Osh and his wife take part in the Orthodox holiday.
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Father Victor of the Church of the Archangel Michael in Osh and his wife take part in the Orthodox holiday.

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Olga Korchagina (right) is the director of the folk ensemble and main festival organizer.
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Olga Korchagina (right) is the director of the folk ensemble and main festival organizer.

The straw effigy of Maslenitsa is burned in a bonfire.
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The straw effigy of Maslenitsa is burned in a bonfire.

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