Last week was Maslenitsa and we can’t believe we missed it! Now that we know there is a holiday dedicated to eating pancakes (or blini in Russian) we will be well prepared for next year. Russians traditionally eat blini with sour cream, caviar, jam or chocolate and enjoy the feast since both dairy products and dancing and parties were not allowed during lent. Maslenitsa is later because it corresponds to Russian Orthodox lent, so it is also partially a celebration of the (hopefully soon) arrival of spring. It’s also a nice excuse to get out of the house and throw some snowballs after the long Russian winter.