Happy Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2014 is one of the favorite holidays for many. Why? Well, you have a perfect excuse to wear sombreros and ponchos, drink margaritas, and snack on chips and salsa. Yet, do we really aware of what we are celebrating?
Stefan Lovgren, contributor for National Geographic News, says that Cinco de Mayo is often times mistaken with Mexican Indepence day which is celebrated on September 16th! In his article, he says that:

“May holiday commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely defeat of French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.”

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St. Patrick’s Day in Cleveland

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Holidays are great, especially like Maslenitsa or St. Patty’s Day.

Cleveland loves St. Patrick’s Day festivities! The parade’s kick-off is scheduled for 1:04 pm. I found the map of the parade on Plain Dealer’s website, so if you are in Downtown Cleveland, make sure to watch the parade. It should be awesome.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and drink responsibly!

Maslenitsa

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Maslenitsa in 1878

If, by any chance, you were wondering what is Maslenitsa, I can tell you that it’s a holiday when people enjoy a lot of rich fatty foods. Guess what the main dish is? It’s a crepe. Big, round, thin, buttery, sweet or salty crepe.

Here is few facts about this holiday:

  • Maslenitsa is a Slavic holiday that people in Ukraine really enjoy, for not only for its delicious foods, but also because it commemorates the begging of Great Fast which goes all the way till Easter.
  • Maslenitsa is somewhat similar to Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. They both relate to the beginning of Great Fast, and involve consumption of rich fatty food. Yay.
  • Maslenitsa symbolizes the end of cold snowy winter and beginning of warm spring.
    • Maslenitsa has its roots in pagan traditions but was accepted by Orthodox ancestors as a way of saying Good-Bye to cold winter.
    • Some of the festivities are accompanied by the burning of a straw ladylike figure ‘winter’
  • Maslenitsa involves not only eating food, but also dancing, singing, and festival activities. But, honestly, it’s mostly about eating a lot of foods as crepes or varenuki bathing in the butter and sugar.
My younger sibling is ready eating crepes, Maslenitsa 2012

My younger sibling is ready to eat a bunch of crepes, Maslenitsa 2012

Russian Maslenitsa 2011

more  crepes, butter, cream, pastry, and other goodies :)

more crepes, butter, cream, pastry, and other goodies 🙂