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Russian Santa, Ded Moroz, to Arrive in Gorky Park This Year

7. December 2011 by Masha 0 Comments

Some Russian and Ukrainian women celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays twice. Since they are becoming increasingly influenced by Western culture, they may party on December 25th and December 31st, and then again on the traditional and more religious Russian Orthodox days of January 7th and January 13th.

 

One sign that the holiday season has started is the arrival of Ded Moroz, Russia's Father Christmas. Also known as Father Frost and the Russian Santa Claus, the white bearded character delivers gifts to children at New Year celebrations.

 

This year’s arrival will be taking place at Gorky Park on December 24th, rather than the more traditional locations of the Kremlin or Manezhnaya Square, as in previous years. Authorities say the new venue would not require the city center to be closed for Ded Moroz’s procession to make its way to the event. The park would also provide for a more attractive setting and fireworks would be possible.

 

"The arrival of Ded Moroz is expected at noon," said the city’s culture boss Sergei Kapkov. "He will be met by the Moscow mayor together with Muscovites."

 

The symbol of the season will travel over 600 miles from Votchina, his mansion in the forested town of Veliky Ustyug. While the estate is an important part of Russian culture, it also provides income for the entire village, as most all of its residents are employed there.

 

Ded Moroz is accompanied by his granddaughter Snegurochka, which means snow maiden. She helps distribute the gifts and prevents the wicked witch Baba Yaga from stealing them.

 

Ask your favorite Russian brides about their memories of Ded Moroz and see if their children are expecting a special visit this year.

Source: The Moscow News