Масленица в Мелихове

The date: 25 February 2023 (Сб)

The time: 01:00 - 04:00


Location: Музей-заповедник А.П. Чехова «Мелихово»

Duration: 3 часа



Maslenitsa is a symbol of Russian folk holidays with a thousand–year history. This kind of holiday that symbolizes the end of a great number of winter days, and besides, it is still thought to be one of the most popular festivals of the Russian Nation.

Every year, the Anton Chekhov Museum-Reserve "Melikhovo" hosts all interested people to have fun celebrating Maslenitsa! Our guests will enjoy performances of folk groups and show ensembles with their Russian folk and Cossack songs, an interactive games program with Pre-Lenten Fast games and amusements, contests and hilarious relay races.

Interactive program "From thread to peasant's overcoat " is designed to making traditional garments and the way of distinguishing their various sorts. Old time games and assignments will help our guests to find out more about  the peculiarities of making up national dresses and many sorts of shirts, belts, sarafans (apron dress), poneva (homespun woolen skirt), head-dress caps, as well as outdoor clothes, i.e. — kohta (peasant women's short coat) , zipun (long lined garment), svita (a sort of kaftan - men's long suit with tight sleeves) .

The interactive program "Forgotten village amusements" will introduce you to old-time tabletop games: "Biryulki" (pick-a-stick, jackstraws), "Bloshki" (tiddlywinks), "Kucha-mala” (Eng. transl.- heap-small. Dirty Pig game), "Merry Fishing", etc.

There will be concerts of classical, vocal and instrumental music performed by laureates of All-Russia and international competitions. Mikhail Usov, the winner of the 1st prize of the IV All-Russia Music Competition in the specialty "Violin" and other musical awards, will take part in the concert program.

In the Main House of the writer, our guides will tell you about the life of the Chekhov family in their Melikhovo estate, and in the Kitchen wing you can learn much about Russian traditions of Maslenitsa and the secrets of baking pancakes.

In the photo development store one can take pictures of the Russian open-air merrymaking environment, whereas at the crafts fair you may buy an amusing souvenir by local folk craftsmen.