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Feast your eyes on the craziest Maslenitsa celebrations to rock Russia this year. Yes, that is an elephant made of bliny.

Source: Meduza
Eduard Kornienko / Reuters / Scanpix / LETA

Maslenitsa, the traditional Slavic end-of-winter festival, isn’t just about eating bliny (crepe-like pancakes) with caviar or jam anymore. It’s also about finding new ways to celebrate the coming of spring that can hopefully garner a few likes on Twitter or VKontakte.

For example, in the Leningrad region, one group performed their traditional burning of the chuchelo, a large effigy placed on a stake, using a flamethrower.

This group the Tver region didn’t even bother lighting their chuchelo on fire manually. They simply blew it up.

The villagers of Nikola-Lenivets have an annual tradition of staging a massive inferno. This year, they built a bridge 20 meters (65.6 feet) high and 66 meters (216.5 feet) long only to set it on fire.

In Moscow, meanwhile, acrobats on poles gave revelers directions around Zaryadye Park while looking eerily like dementors from Harry Potter.

In Stavropol, the burning of the chuchelo was far from the most spectacular part of the annual Maslenitsa celebration. Instead, the holiday featured an elephant made of bliny that was neither burned nor blown up nor even eaten.

In other bliny news, a group of master cooks in the Tyumen region spent 14 years training to flip a blin three meters (almost 10 feet) in diameter and finally succeeded this year. The group’s giant, three-meter frying pan had already been entered into Russia’s nationwide book of records in previous years.