Pancake Day celebrations

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A woman prepares pancakes during celebration of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide), a farewell ceremony to winter close to village of Khlyupino about 60 km from Moscow. (AFP photo)

A woman prepares pancakes during celebration of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide), a farewell ceremony to winter close to village of Khlyupino about 60 km from Moscow. (AFP photo)

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A stuffed character representing Winter is seen during the celebration of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide), an Orthodox Christian symbolic farewell ceremony to winter, in St. Petersburg. (AFP photo)

A stuffed character representing Winter is seen during the celebration of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide), an Orthodox Christian symbolic farewell ceremony to winter, in St. Petersburg. (AFP photo)

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Young men fight with hay stuffed bags during festivities to mark Maslenitsa celebrations, or Shrovetide, in the village of Ozertso, in outskirts of Minsk, Belarus. (AP photo)

Young men fight with hay stuffed bags during festivities to mark Maslenitsa celebrations, or Shrovetide, in the village of Ozertso, in outskirts of Minsk, Belarus. (AP photo)

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People take part in celebration of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide), a farewell ceremony to winter close to village of Khlyupino about 60 km from Moscow. (AFP photo)

People take part in celebration of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide), a farewell ceremony to winter close to village of Khlyupino about 60 km from Moscow. (AFP photo)

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People storm a snow fortress close to village of Khlyupino about 60 km from Moscow, in celebration of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide), a farewell ceremony to winter. (AFP photo)

People storm a snow fortress close to village of Khlyupino about 60 km from Moscow, in celebration of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide), a farewell ceremony to winter. (AFP photo)

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People take part in celebration of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide), a farewell ceremony to winter close to village of Khlyupino about 60 km from Moscow. (AFP photo)

People take part in celebration of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide), a farewell ceremony to winter close to village of Khlyupino about 60 km from Moscow. (AFP photo)

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People take part in celebration of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide), a farewell ceremony to winter close to village of Khlyupino about 60 km from Moscow. (AFP photo)

People take part in celebration of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide), a farewell ceremony to winter close to village of Khlyupino about 60 km from Moscow. (AFP photo)

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A woman, wearing a costume, holds plate of pancakes to mark the end of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) in the Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek. (AFP photo)

A woman, wearing a costume, holds plate of pancakes to mark the end of Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) in the Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek. (AFP photo)

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Women play with their dogs during celebrations of Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, outside the village of Khlyupino, some 50 km (31 miles) west of Moscow, Russia. (AP photo)

Women play with their dogs during celebrations of Maslenitsa, or Pancake Week, outside the village of Khlyupino, some 50 km (31 miles) west of Moscow, Russia. (AP photo)

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A young woman takes part in a comic contest during Maslenitsa celebrations, or Shrovetide, to say farewell to winter in the village of Ozertso, in outskirts of Minsk, Belarus. (AP photo)

A young woman takes part in a comic contest during Maslenitsa celebrations, or Shrovetide, to say farewell to winter in the village of Ozertso, in outskirts of Minsk, Belarus. (AP photo)

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