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Russia celebrates Fat Tuesday as "Maslenitsa," also called "butter week" or "cheesefare week." Orthodox Christians have already given up meat at this point, so this week is dedicated to using up the remaining eggs, milk, cheese and dairy products. The traditional food is blini, thin pancakes or crepes that are often served with a sweet or savory filling or topping. In some regions, each day of this week has a traditional activity, all dedicated to merrymaking and enjoying time with friends and family before the penitential season of Lent starts.

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