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Suzdal, the Museum of Wooden Architecture

Maslenitsa Festival

Shrovetide Fun, or the Maslenitsa Festival, is an especially bright and merry holiday in Suzdal. The Vladimir and Suzdal Museum organizes a number of exciting events, including goose fights, which have become one of Suzdal’s many calling cards. Since 2004 the festival has been held in Suzdal’s Museum of Wooden Architecture.

Visitors to the festival can participate in traditional games and Russian carnival traditions. These include climbing up the Maslenitsa pole, a pancake-eating contest, and the famous storm of the snow fortress. On the grounds of the museum, Russian epic heroes and medieval knights (members of historical reconstruction clubs) face off again in bloodless fights.