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28 February 2009

The Pancake festival 2009

On Saturday February 28th, students of Tomsk Polytechnic University, fellow citizens and guests of Tomsk, gathered together in the Burevestnik stadium to bid farewell to winter and to welcome spring.

Besides Burevestnik’s traditional and cheerful Pancake festival attractions, various concourses, masquerades, folk ensemble performances, snowball fights, sledding, riding on swings and on horses, sleigh rides, the capture of the the snow tower, burning a female effigy stuffed with straw (and representing winter) in a bonfire, one interesting detail has been added. It was a students’ fair, prepared and organized entirely by students. It is especially important to emphasize one distinctive feature of the fair - all the money collected from the students’ trade was donated to the orphanages in Tomsk.

This year all departments of the Polytechnic University were represented with their own booth, where various souvenirs handmade by students were sold. There was also lots of home prepared food: colorful jelly, pies, bread-rings, and a symbol of the Pancake festival – a round golden pancakes.

Delicacies from the booth of the Institute for International Education and Language Communication differed from the offerings of other booths because of its international character.

The point is that Chinese students took a very active part in the preparation for the organization of this cheerful Russian feast. They made Chinese-style pancakes, prepared Chinese tea, and impressed everyone with chicken eggs boiled in green tea with jasmine.

The Institute for International Education and Language Communication would like to thank everyone who responded to their call to participate in the philanthropic students’ fair, and wishes everyone a happy springtime frame of mind and joy!


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