Some people have Mardi Gras, others have Carnavale. Russia has Maslenitsa, also known as Pancake Week. Originally a pagan festival celebrating the end of winter, today's Maslenitsa is a time of [over] indulgence before the start of Lent, and a celebration of the end of winter. The pancakes (blini in Russian), which are more like crêpes, symbolize the sun. Let's hope they'll be an early end to winter this year.
The samovar with the teapot on top is done in traditional Russian style known as Khokhlama.