This month, the Department of Foreign Languages’ Russian Forum celebrated Maslenitsa, an ancient Slavic tradition that remains one of the most important yearly celebrations in Russia. CDTs Edward Owens and Patrick Domenech presented about Maslenitsa (which is also known as Pancake week or Butter week) traditions, customs, and activities of the celebration. One of the most essential traditions is the cooking of a Russian pancake knows as a “blin." Since dairy products are not allowed in the last days of the Lenten fast, Maslenitsa is the last chance to eat blini until Easter. The Russian club celebrated with a proper feast, enjoying stacks of blini with many different Russian fillings, and traditional Russian beverages. Pictured here, cadets participated in a traditional Russian dance. May we bring this same positive energy, willingness to try new things, and desire to understand cultures different than our own into the weeks ahead!