A new sea­son

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Be­larus­sian women are seen through a fire dur­ing Maslen­itsa cel­e­bra­tions in the vil­lage of Oz­ertso, about three miles from Minsk, the cap­i­tal of Be­larus, Saturday. Maslen­itsa is a tra­di­tional Rus­sian and Be­larus­sian folk hol­i­day mark­ing the end of winter and dat­ing to pa­gan times. The fes­ti­val also has re­li­gious sig­nif­i­cance as a pre­Len­ten event on the East­ern Ortho­dox Chris­tian cal­en­dar.

TATYANA ZENKOVICH/EURO­PEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

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