Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in Trivandrum jointly with the Association of Russian Compatriots in Kerala took initiative to organise the traditional Russian Folk Festival Maslinitsa.
The purpose of the festival was to promote Russian culture in India and unite Russian compatriots living in Kerala, so that on this wonderful day they could feel an integral part of the ancient culture and reunite with traditions and customs of their Motherland.
During the opening of the festive evening, member of the coordinating Council of the Indian Association of Russian Compatriots Alena Earath addressed the guests of the program and told about the history of the festival.
Celebrations of Maslenitsa in accordance with Russian folk customs were accompanied by fascinating amusements: round dances, outdoor games - tug-of-war, a merry-go-round, cheerful folk songs and dances. The centre of the hall was decorated with a beautiful, high effigy of Maslenitsa. The “Pancake Quiz” was also held. Guests with great pleasure answered the questions devoted to the holiday.
The central part of evening was the musical performance by the famous Russian pop singer, pianist, and public figure Olga Varvus. Favourite Russian songs performed by a talented singer made a lasting impression on the guests.
The evening was continued by the performance of representatives of the all-Russian creative movement "RUSSKIY LAD". The members of the group spoke in detail about the traditions of the festival and performed Russian folk songs.
Also, an exhibition of arts and crafts was organized as part of the festival. Compatriot Natalia Kaushal, who lives in Cochin, presented a unique collection of Russian handicrafts. Natalia Milyaeva’s exhibition of Russian Souvenirs with hand embroidery on textile was another attraction. Alyona Earath from Trichur presented different versions of painted Easter eggs and dolls. The exhibition aroused great interest among visitors.
Guests from Siberia, representatives of the organization "RUSSKIY LAD" baked real Russian pancakes and made fragrant tea from Siberian herbs. At the end of the program, all participants of the festival with great pleasure tried pancakes with honey and red caviar, and fragrant tea with bagels.