La Crosse’s connection to its Russian sister city is strengthened through treats

The Christ Episcopal Church hosted the third annual local Maslenitsa Celebration on Saturday.

Maslenitsa is a traditional Pre-Lenten Russian holiday.

The celebration included Russian folk music and Blini, a Russian pancake that is eaten during the holiday.

The president of the La Crosse-Dubna Friendship Association, Becky Post, said learning about another cultures can open your eyes to how people can do things different ways but still have much in common.

“In some places in the United States they’ll have pancake Tuesday. It’s the same thing as that, but they’re eating Russian pancakes with a lot of butter, and fruit and sour cream. And it’s a way to just kind of celebrate before you have to have this period of fasting,” said Post.

Organizers say the friendship between La Crosse and its sister city Dubna is almost 30 years strong.

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