Straw dummy burnt during traditional Russian Maslenitsa celebrations

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Thousands of people gathered in Moscow’s Gorky Park on Sunday to bid farewell to winter during Russia’s traditional Maslenitsa celebrations. The highlight of the festivities is the burning of the traditional female straw doll. This year it was replaced with a straw art object designed by the Hungarian artist Gabor Jockeys. The artwork, a symbol of the awakening spring, depicts a 3.5-meter brown bear coming out of its five-meter den.