Burning Marena and waking the bear at Maslenitsa

A bear was led to the bonfire to the sound of singing, so that it too could partake in the festival.

A bear was led to the bonfire to the sound of singing, so that it too could partake in the festival.

Alexey Kulikov
The Slavs, who knew nothing of Easter or fasting, celebrated Maslenitsa at the end of March, when day and night become equal and every living thing awakes

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