Comedian is Shrovetide (20/03)

Now many have forgotten, and some never knew that Maslenitsa is not just a meeting of spring. Earlier in Russia Maslenitsa was called Komoyeditsa, marking the onset of the spring equinox. The spring equinox, which in the modern calendar falls on March 20 or 21, is one of the four major holidays of the year in the ancient pagan tradition and one of the oldest. In fact, this is the agricultural New Year.

In addition to meeting Spring and celebrating the beginning of the New Year, the Slavic Bear God was also revered on this day. There is an opinion that in ancient times the Slavs called the bear Kom (hence the saying - “the first pancake to the koms”, that is, bears). Therefore, in the early morning, before breakfast, with songs, dances and jokes, the villagers carried “pancake sacrifices” (pancakes baked for the holiday) into the forest to the Bear God and laid them out on stumps. And after that, feasts and wide festivities began.

They waited for the komoeditsu, they carefully prepared for it: they flooded the steep slopes of the coast for skiing, built high ice and snow mountains, fortresses, towns. It was considered obligatory to go to the bathhouse before the last days of the holiday in order to wash off all the bad things that happened in the past year. It was forbidden to work these days.