On February 18, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi hosted cheerful celebrations of the Russian spring festival Maslenitsa.
The Eurasian Foundation jointly with the Embassy of the Russian Federation and the Russian Centre of Science and Culture annually organize colourful winter farewell celebrations in accordance with Russian folk traditions.
The festivities engaged students and teachers of the largest university named after the first prime-minister of independent India as well as dozens of their friends from other capital universities with Russian language and literature studies such as Jamia Milia Islamia University and Delhi University.
The Russian Embassy’s senior counsellor Sergey Karmalito and cultural counsellor Dmitry Chelishev, diplomats from the CIS countries and Russian compatriots were the guests of honour.
Joyful celebrations were accompanied by rousing Russian folk songs and dances.
The youngsters willingly took part in numerous games and funs.
The winners in the “tug of war” competition, "knock-me-out" game and other entertaining contests received prizes and souvenirs.
Traditionally, all participants were invited to taste Russian pancakes with jam, honey and sour cream from the Embassy canteen.
The festival culminated in burning an effigy of Maslenitsa symbolizing the triumph of good, spring, youth and beauty.