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Father Frost celebrates his birthday

05.12.2011 08:08

The Voice of Russia http://english.ruvr.ru/

Nov 18, 2011

by Maria Domnitskaya

Father Frost - the favourite character of all people in Russia - is receiving his birthday congratulations. Nobody knows though what his real age is but there's reason to believe that he is about 2,000 years of age. Several years ago Russian children proposed to celebrate Father Frost's birthday on November 18th. The point is that meteorological observations over many years show that real winter comes exactly in November in the Russian North. And the home of Father Frost is located in the town of Veliky Ustyug in the Vologda Region.

By the well-established tradition, many guests arrive in Veliky Ustyug to congratulate Father Frost. More than 20 fairy-tale characters from the Russian regions and from foreign countries, including the Ukrainian Did Moroz and the Belarusian Dzied Maroz, and also the Snow Maiden from Kostroma in the Volga Region have arrived in Veliky Ustyug this year. Of course, children from all parts of Russia are there too.

Father Frost's birthday is the day when he, not the children, receives presents. Father Frost has received many presents and souvenirs from his colleagues this year as well. By the way, Father Frost from Buryatia - Saagan Ubugun - was the only one who sang a song in the Buryat language.

Yamal Iri from Salekhard in the Arctic Circle gave the Russian Father Frost a bag that was made by the craftsmen from the Yamal Peninsula in the northern part of Western Siberia. Besides, Yamal Iri prepared a delicious fish dish and while conducting a master class, told the guests how the national dish of the Yamal residents is cooked.

After the colourful show with the participation of the guests of Father Frost a TV Bridge with Moscow was held during which Father Frost conducted the "Do Good" lesson.

"Common effort is needed to do good, while evil is always committed on the quiet. Therefore, a good magician has many friends and assistant while the bad one has none. And therefore, good always defeats evil."

By the well-established tradition, Father Frost's birthday has given the green light to the New Year festivals across Russia. As soon as darkness comes, the New Year Fir Tree will be lit by Father Frost on the central square of Veliky Ustyug, which will mean that the New Year is coming.

"My dear friends! Soon we'll celebrate the New Year, and your wishes may come true in a twinkling. So now you have time to devise your wishes!"

On November 24th Father Frost will start his pre-New Year tour. He will visit big cities and small towns in Russia to give presents to the children there. And then he will tour Germany, Latvia, Slovakia, and some other countries.

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