Moscow festivals happen all year-round. For tourists, this could mean a whole year of fun-filled and enriching experience celebrating with the people in the city.

Below are information on some of Moscow’s most anticipated and famous festivals:

Maslenitsa Festival

Happening every February, Maslenitsa, which literally means ‘Butter Week’, is a celebration of Russia’s long winter. During this event, parties are held all over the city with a lot of sweet treats to everyone. Dating back from the pagan times, the festival culminates with the torching of the winter scarecrow, which marks the end of the harsh winter and welcomes the long-awaited spring.

If you happen to be in the city during this time, enjoy the festival’s centerpiece which is the pancakes, also called the bliny. Round, golden, and warm, the pancakes symbolize the sun. It is best eaten with honey and jam or with sour cream and caviar.

Defenders of the Motherland Day

Originally called the Soviet Army Day, the festival, which falls every 23rd of February, commemorates the country’s defenders. During this day, a solemn wreath-laying is held at the Moscow’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – located inside the walls of the Kremlin.

Victory Day

An affair noted for being deeply patriotic, Victory Day is not just a celebration of the Soviet’s victory during World War II, it is also a time to remember the country’s fallen soldiers. Held every 9th of May, the festival is marked by a major parade at the Red Square and is followed by concerts and fireworks throughout the city.

Depending on the time of the year you visit the city, Moscow festivals will make any tour more worthwhile.