суббота, 17 ноября 2012 г.

Birthday of Ded Moroz


November 18th is the birthday of Ded Moroz, a traditional Slavic character similar to Santa Claus. On this special day, Russian children send congratulations to a special post office built for the occasion or travel to Veliky Ustyug to attend celebrations thrown in Ded Moroz’s honor. The beloved Ded Moroz, known in English as Grandfather Frost or Father Frost, traditionally celebrates his birthday in Veliky Ustyug. The town in northern Russia has been Ded Moroz’s home since 1998 and numerous relatives come to congratulate the beloved man on his special day. Santa Claus from Finland, Chiskhan from Yakutia, Pakkayne from Karelia, and Snegurochka from Kostroma all pay a visit on November 18th. Ded Moroz delivers presents in person and children may visit him all year long He also goes on tour and visit not only towns and cities of Russia. After his birthday celebrations this year, Father Frost will also visit Germany, France, and several countries in the Former Soviet Union.