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Shrovetide, the Pancake Week, in Veliky Novgorod!
20 – 26 February 2023


Pobedy-Sophiyskaya Square
The Kremlin Park, Sophiyskaya Embankment
Vitoslavlitsy Wooden Architecture Museum
Regional Folk Art Centre

+7 905 290 86 86

free or various

58.52269900, 31.27061200

Velikiy Novgorod awaits its visitors and people of Novgorod at the exciting tasty Shrovetide!

The main celebrations in the city usually takes place on Pobedy-Sophiyskaya Square, the Kremlin Park, Sophiyskaya Embankment in the afternoon and will last all day. It is a traditional Russian celebration with performances of folk groups, games, trade fairs and entertainment programmes from different cultural insitutions of Veliky Novgorod. And of course a variety of food and drinks associated with Shrovetide in Russia pancakes and hot tea!

Shrovetide in Vitoslavlitsy – March, 1, 2020 

  • Thursday (1 p.m. - 3 p.m.) - "Folk party"
  • Friday (1 p.m. - 3 p.m.) - "mother-in-law parties". On this day mother-in-law used to pay a visit to her son-in-law. Her daughter (son-in-law's wife) baked pancakes. Mother-in-law came with her relatives and friends. Son-in-law had to demonstrate his affection for his mother-in-law and her relatives. 
  • Saturday (1 p.m. - 3 p.m.) - "daughter-in-law parties". On the sixth day of the Butter Week young daughter-in-law used to invite her sister-in-law and other relatives of her husband to visit them. If sister-in-law was not married, daughter-in-law invited her unmarried friends. If sister-in-law was married, daughter-in-law called her married relatives. Daughter-in-law should give a gift to her sister-in-law
The celebration includes traditional rites, games and performances. The entrance ticket costs 200 roubles.

The main celebration will be held in Vitoslavlitsy on the last day of Maslenitsa (February, 18), the Shrove Sunday. The entrance ticket costs 350 roubles.


  • Traditional rites
  • Traditional games and skits
  • Fist fights
  • Skiing
  • Workshops
  • Sledding
  • Blinys and tea

Venue: Museum of wooden architecture Vitoslavlitsy

Тelephone.: +7 (816 2) 77 37 38, 77 81 60


Maslenitsa 2016 from Hippo on VimeoSkyview - Ivan Lyusov

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