David Tyrpak
David Tyrpak

Paskha


Written by David Tyrpak, a Clemson University Junior

This Sunday is Easter, or "Paskha" as the Russians say. In Russia, Easter is a big deal, much more so than in America. That's not to say that Russia is an unusually religious country. It's just that in Eastern Christianity, Easter is near the top of the list of religious holidays, even more so than Christmas. Also, due to the fact that the Russian winter doesn't begin to release its grip until late March, Easter's arrival here brings along the appropriate connotation of new and bright beginnings, something that in the southeastern US I've never experienced. Eastern Orthodox Christianity observes Lent, which for Russians begins after Maslenitsa, so Easter comes forty days after the last day of Maslenitsa. Come late evening the Saturday on the eve of Easter Sunday, orthodox churches across Russia engage in a procession, circling their church grounds three times with candles lit.

Easter egg hunts are not practiced, but the coloring of eggs is. The week after Easter is called "Bright Week" or Paskhal Week. Fasting is prohibited and

A picture of Kulich
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Kulich, one of the traditional Russian Easter cakes.

replaced with the consumption of those foods which were prohibited during Lent. Some traditional Easter foods include Kulich, which looks like a large cupcake, as well as Paskha, which is a type of cheesecake. On a related note, with winter and Lent coming to a close, this is shashlik season. We hope to find a grill somewhere soon so we can enjoy that primal pastime that both Americans and Russians so enjoy doing: grilling meat. So wish us luck in our endeavor and Happy Easter!

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Spring has finally sprung!

Written by Isaac Bredeson, a Clemson University Junior

Isaac Bredeson
Isaac Bredeson

After so many weeks of overcast skies and cold, snowy weather we are all happy to see that the snow is finally beginning to melt. It is sunny outside and the skies are blue. The temperatures are warm at about 45 degrees Fahrenheit. We've been able to forgo the hat and scarf and switch from our heavy coats to lighter jackets. That makes riding the metro much more comfortable since it is a constant room temperature down there, and often warmer.

The warmth is quickly melting the snow. The small mountains and ridges of snow, some of them more than ten feet deep, are turning into little rivers and lakes that make walking around a little tricky sometimes. You have to go island-hopping to keep out of the water. Or just wade through it if you're equipped with water-proof boots. I had no idea that the snow paths I'd been traversing

had actual paved walkways beneath them, but now I know since the ground is finally visible.

The spring cleaning process has begun. The melting process is aided by an army of students armed with picks and shovels. They break up the snow and ice and spread it across the blacktop to help it melt more rapidly. They were given this special privilege due to previous misbehavior. University employees also help with the snow removal process. Spring also means repainting season, which can now be seen happening all over the city.

Soon the tulips and daffodils will begin to appear all around Moscow. The All-Russian Expo Center and Victory Park will be particularly beautiful once

Exemplary footwear for surviving the Russian winter.
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Galya, Maksim, and Yulia enjoying a sunny day with us near Red Square.

this happens. The cities fountains will also reawaken once the temperatures are consistently over freezing. We're all looking forward to touring around Moscow without freezing and plan to spend as little time as possible indoors in the coming month.



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