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.
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.
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.
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.