Illuminated Tent Topped with Sun at Manezhnaya Square in Twilight

Illuminated Tent Topped with Sun at Manezhnaya Square in Twilight
«Illuminated Tent Topped with Sun at Manezhnaya Square in Twilight»

Twilight view of the beautiful decorations on Manezhnaya square in front of the red brick building of State Historical Museum during Tsarskaya (Tsar’s) Maslenitsa (Butter) festival in Moscow. The colorful illuminated with thousands of lights huge tent and small fur trees topped with symbols of a sun, the symbol of the ancient Russian festival. These little suns can remind you pancakes as well. Instead of Christmas balls, the trees on Manezhnaya Square were decorated with colored ribbons and traditional toys made of hay.

In Slavic mythology, Maslenitsa is a sun-festival personified by the ancient god Volos, and a celebration of the imminent end of the winter. In the Christian tradition, Maslenitsa is the last week before the onset of Great Lent. This festival celebrates the end of the coldness and the start of warmth, of hope, and of growth. the pancake of the traditional Maslenitsa food because it symbolizes the sun.

Photo #305 taken on March 03, 2019


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