On November 18, Russia congratulates the kindest storyteller, Ded Moroz (Father Frost), on his birthday. On this day, real winter comes into its own in Veliky Ustyug.
It is difficult to say how old the most beloved character of all children is. Historians have determined - more than 2000 years. He was known in different ways: first in the guise of the East Slavic spirit of cold Treskun, then as a character in the fairy tales of Morozko or Moroz Ivanovich.
Russian Father Frost first appeared on the pages of books in 1840, when Vladimir Odoevsky's "Children's Tales of Grandfather Irenaeus" were published. The winter wizard was called Moroz Ivanovich in this book.
As a festive character, Father Frost appeared on Soviet Christmas trees in 1937. And in 1999 he had his own residence - in Veliky Ustyug. Children from different countries write him letters and come to visit. The storyteller also receives letters from children by e-mail. Also, in electronic form, he can send a personalized congratulation for the child.
On his birthday, his relatives and colleagues from all over the world come to congratulate the fabulous birthday man - Santa Claus from Finland, Chishan, Yakut Father Frost, Karelian Pakkaine, winter storyteller Mikulas from the Czech Republic, Sun and Bogatyr Lachplesis from Latvia, Ayaz Ata from Kyrgyzstan, Berendey from Pereslavl-Zalessky, Lel from Tikhvin, Snowman from Arkhangelsk, Snow Maiden from Kostroma, Kirovskaya Kikimora, Baba Yaga from Yaroslavl region, as well as official delegations from Vologda, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod and many other cities of Russia and other countries of Eurasia.
On this day, on the central square of Veliky Ustyug, all kinds of festive events are held and, according to tradition, lights are lit on the first New Year tree.
Our storyteller Aunt Pulcheria also congratulated Father Frost on his birthday.
And very soon, EURASIA KIDS will have another New Year's adventure - meeting and making a program with a real Father Frost in Veliky Ustyug.