Ded Moroz or Grandfather Frost

Ded Moroz or Grandfather Frost

Who is Ded Moroz?

By the Russian Tradition, the most celebrated day of the year – New Year on December 31. At night Grandfather Frost or Ded Moroz brings to good kids presents.

Russians the same as other nationalities install the Christmas Tree at home with many lights and decorations. On top of the tree always installed a star. Exactly under this tree, Ded Moroz put presents. By the way, in Russia Christmas trees mostly real ones because of the smell of New Year.

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Who is Snegurochka?

Ded Moroz traveling with his granddaughter – Snegurochka. Can be translated as Snow Maiden. They both came from the cold North that’s why they have fur hats and beautiful costumes.

By the Russian tradition, Ded Moroz wears Valenki. Traditional Russian shoes for snow walking. And they ride Troyka. 3 horses like kalesa.

The residence of Russian Santa Ded Mopros is in the city Veliky Ustyug.


How Russians celebrate New Year

On December 31 all Russian women cook starting early morning. It’s a family day or they invite close friends to their house. A lot to serve because many people will meet in the evening.

Usually the most popular dishes for the New year table:

  • Holodets or Studen. A frozen dish made of different kinds of meat.
  • Olivier salad or Russian salad
  • Crab salad with crab sticks and sweet corn
  • The main dish can be very different.
  • Shuba. Salted Fish covered by a purple salad made of beet-root.

new year dishes

And a lot of alcohol. Usually the main is Soviet champagne. At midnight the president speaks with the nation about the previous year and plans for the next one. And exactly at midnight, everyone opens champagne and drink for the New Year with greetings and wishes. 

At night while the kids are sleeping Ded Moroz puts presents under the Christmas tree and in the morning everyone runs there to open them. 

Sometimes if kids behaviour was good, parents asking Ded Moroz with Snegurochka to come to their house earlier to greet kids and give presents personally. 

Did Moroz and Kids

Russian Ballet: A Must See Experience

Russian Ballet: A Must See Experience

Russian Ballet at the Top of World

If you have any ballet knowledge you’ll know that Russia has produced the best of ballet in the world. The excellence of Russian dancers, and the genius of Russian composers and choreographers changed ballet. Here’s a quick crash course on why they dominate the world of ballet.

The top three most famous ballets are of Russian origin. Namely, the Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. Most productions still use the music, choreography and designs of Russian Ballet.

Swan Lake

The History of Russian Ballet

Ballet came into Russia in the 15th and 16th centuries when Peter the Great opened Russia. Fresh from isolation, this new Russia built a society that rivaled the great powers of Europe. This introduced ballet into the country. But unlike other European courts, ballet was not just a dance.

Ballet is used as a “standard of physical comportment to be emulated and internalized, an idealized way of behaving.” The aim was not to entertain the masses of Russians, but to cultivate a new Russian people. Ballet means discipline and excellence.

Ballet Nutcracker

This still rings true today. The ballet world is dominated by Russian dancers. The best ballet companies of any country will at least have one Russian dancer, and will have performed at least one ballet from Russia.

The Homeland of ballet

While ballet troupes often go one world tours to show off their skill, it’s most special when seen in Russia. Today, there are countless ballet troupes that perform all across the country. Beyond Bolshoi and Mariinsky, you will be able to see a ballet performance upon your visit with ease.

Russian Ballet Sleeping Beauty

It’s the experience of a lifetime to see this age old art in action. Right where it evolved from art to a science.

Russian Ballet must be seen to be believed, it’s just that good.

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