Tuesday 6 December 2016

Christmas Explained: G is for Grandfather Frost

Today, 6th December, is the Feast of Saint Nicholas, of whom you can find out all sorts of interesting things in Christmas Explained: Robins, Kings and Brussel Sprouts.

However, it is on this day that children in Poland, and other Slavic countries, are visited by Ded Moroz, or 'Grandfather Frost', an ancient Russian deity given a more secular twist by Russia's Communist regime during the 20th Century.

Check out the horns on that get-up!

You can find out more about Ded Moroz here and here.

Ded Moroz in his troika pulled by three steeds, accompanied by his granddaughter Snegurochka.

Ded Moroz and his granddaughter Snegurochka traditionally wear blue.

Ded Moroz gives Sputnik a run for its money, by the look of things.

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