The white-bearded character who resembles the Western Santa Claus is getting ready to trek over 600 miles from Votchina, his estate in Veliky Ustyug, to Gorky Park in Moscow. His arrival signals the official start of the holiday season, as he prepares to deliver gifts to children at New Year celebrations.
December 24th is the date that Ded Moroz will amaze Muscovites in his elaborate costume, while accompanied by his granddaughter Snegurochka, or snow maiden. The location of this year's arrival is rather untraditional, as the Kremlin or Manezhnaya Square has been reserved for the event in the past.
"The arrival of Ded Moroz is expected at noon," said the city’s culture boss Sergei Kapkov. "He will be met by the Moscow mayor together with Muscovites."
Some Russian women celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays twice. The influence of Western culture cause them to enjoy the December 25th and December 31st dates, but then they also celebrate the traditional Russian Orthodox dates of January 7th and January 13th.
How will your favorite Russian girls be celebrating the season?
Source: The Moscow News