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Maslenitsa festival on March 1 will be marked by folk rites and burning of Winter scarecrow

Mogilev will celebrate Maslenitsa festival on March 1 with folk rites and burning of Winter scarecrow. Open air festivities will be on from 12 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 40 Let Pobedy square, the correspondent of the site was told by the representative of Mogilev city executive committee's ideological work, culture and youth matters department Elena Mezhenina.

Starting from 12 a.m. people will be entertained by stilt-walkers and touts wearing the national Belarusian costumes. Visitors will be offered to taste pancakes, sweets; they will be given souvenirs and handicrafts. The folk music groups to perform are "Ivitsa", "Patserki", "Syabryna", "Ranitsa", "Kramyany". There will be also a theatrical performance at the central stage. Mogilevers will be welcomed by Gaspadar and Gaspadarynya (Host and Hostess) who will tell about the folk rite "Kolodka" and will choose Vyasnyanochka among girls.

There will be also masked parade, round dances, contests and other entertainments. The most active participants will be welcomed at the sports and games ground to compete in darts, dynamometer, arm wrestling, weight lifting, tugging of war, etc.

The topical ground "Welcome to Belarusian hut!" will introduce all volunteers into traditions and lifestyles of rural households. One will have a chance to learn about Maslenitsa customs and to see ancient tools with their own eyes. Naturally, there will be plenty of pancakes and national dishes at affordable prices.

Traditional burning of a 2.5-m high scarecrow of Winter will become the culmination of the festivities. The scarecrow - the symbol of cold and frosty weather - will be brought to the square at about 3 p.m. Mogilevers will be offered to partake in the theatrical performance: they will be given ribbons to braid it into the scarecrow, and follow it to the place where the rite will be held.

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