Bye-Bye, Winter! Maslenitsa Celebrations Begin

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People react as a sculpture is burning at the Maslenitsa festival at the Nikola-Lenivets art park in south-west of Moscow, Russia. (AP)

People react as a sculpture is burning at the Maslenitsa festival at the Nikola-Lenivets art park in south-west of Moscow, Russia. (AP)

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The tradition of Maslenitsa dates back to pagan times, when Russian folk would bid farewell to winter and welcome spring. (Denis Tyrin / AP)

The tradition of Maslenitsa dates back to pagan times, when Russian folk would bid farewell to winter and welcome spring. (Denis Tyrin / AP)

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Artist German Vinogradov performs during the Maslenitsa festival at the Nikola-Lenivets art park. (Denis Tyrin / AP)

Artist German Vinogradov performs during the Maslenitsa festival at the Nikola-Lenivets art park. (Denis Tyrin / AP)

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Maslenitsa festival is one of the most anticipated festivals of Russia. It is otherwise known as Butter Week, Pancake week, or Cheesefare Week. (Denis Tyrin / AP)

Maslenitsa festival is one of the most anticipated festivals of Russia. It is otherwise known as Butter Week, Pancake week, or Cheesefare Week. (Denis Tyrin / AP)

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It is week long carnival where you would find traditional troikas through the snow-filled streets, parades of Russian fairytale characters, open-air theatre, dancing, fireworks and folk songs. (Vasily Fedosenko / REUTERS)

It is week long carnival where you would find traditional troikas through the snow-filled streets, parades of Russian fairytale characters, open-air theatre, dancing, fireworks and folk songs. (Vasily Fedosenko / REUTERS)

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Each day of the week-long festivities has a specific theme around which the activities revolve. (Denis Tyrin / AP)

Each day of the week-long festivities has a specific theme around which the activities revolve. (Denis Tyrin / AP)

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A man climbs up a pole during the Maslenitsa festival at the Nikola-Lenivets art park in Nikola-Lenivets village, about 200 kilometres (125 miles) south-west of Moscow, Russia. (Denis Tyrin / AP)

A man climbs up a pole during the Maslenitsa festival at the Nikola-Lenivets art park in Nikola-Lenivets village, about 200 kilometres (125 miles) south-west of Moscow, Russia. (Denis Tyrin / AP)

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Girls take part in a festive game during celebration of Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, in the Rachen village, Belarus. (vasily Fedosenko / REUTERS)

Girls take part in a festive game during celebration of Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, in the Rachen village, Belarus. (vasily Fedosenko / REUTERS)

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