News from Municipalities
Russian Ded Moroz (Father Frost) will celebrate his birthday in Veliky Ustyug on November 18.
The date of the magician's birthday was chosen by weather chart makers as their long-term observations register that on that very day the ground of Veliky Ustyug is usually covered with a heavy snow blanket. No one knows his exact age. The first mentions of his appearance in noble Russian families on Christmas and New Year eve date back to the beginning of the 19th century.
The celebration will take place at Ded Moroz's Votchina, a few miles outside Veliky Ustyug. Festive performances, fireworks, sport events and concerts will be part of the program.
Ded Moroz will receive his guests - holiday-season miracle-makers, wonderland creatures and helpers from Russian regions and former CIS-states. His birthday celebrations will also draw thousands of guests - local residents and tourists.
Celebrations will end with lighting up the first Christmas tree thus kicking off New Year preparations. On this day Ded Moroz usually announces the countdown to the New Year holidays. Later he will go for a pre-New Year trip around the country.