On February, 24th, the international students from Finland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Vietnam, the UK, the USA and Australia had an unusual “Pancake” lesson. They drank tea with pancakes that were made according to Russian or national cookies, also made Pancake week’s scarecrows, guessed riddles, played Russian national games and watched a part of film about the Pancake week celebrating in Moscow in XIXth century.
Here is the brief info that our students told us at the lesson:
For example, in Australia there is no winter, so there is nothing to see off as in Russia when during the Pancake week people see off the winter. And pancakes are similar to English ones (which are on the milk mixed with water), the Australians eat them as usual meal at any year season.
The Finns celebrate the Pancake week on their own way. They bake rolls that are eaten with whipped cream or jam.
Students from England did not even know anything about the English Pancake week, and while preparing to the Russian one, they found out that in England there is also the Pancake week! There is even a special tradition - run with pancakes.
In Poland people bake not pancakes, but doughnuts on the Pancake week. But the Polish doughnut is necessarily without a hole. Unlike to what can be bought in Petrozavodsk.
In Sweden pancakes are always a dessert. And always sweet. Also there is no special season when people bake or eat them in unusually considerable quantity.
The Pancake lesson that gathered students from different corners of the world turned out to be festive-like and cheerful :)