The 7th International trade show “The Lavish Maslenitsa” was opened at Nizhny Novgorod Fair on February 25, 2014. It was organized by the direction of Nizhny Novgorod Metropolia, the “Uzorochie” exhibition company with the auspices of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast government.
The trade show started with a molieben before the shrine with the holy relics of Optina Elders celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Georgy of Nizhny Novgorod and Arzamas and numerous clerics of Nizhny Novgorod diocese. After the common prayer the Primate of Nizhny Novgorod Metropolia addressed the congregation. “By God’s mercy Orthodox trade shows at Nizhny Novgorod Fair have become traditional. They glorify the Lord and familiarize people with traditions of the Russian Orthodox Church. That is called the spirit of sobornost of the Holy Rus”, His Eminence said.
According to a long-established tradition, at trade shows not only do people buy goods but also take part in all sorts of entertainment. This year a “Pancake Week” arts festival is held in the framework of the trade show. Participating in it are artists from nine regions of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast.
The “Lavish Maslenitsa” trade show will last till March 2, 2014.
Quote only with reference (hyperlink) to the official site of the Diocese of Nizhny Novgorod and Arzamas