Russian New Year Tale: Ded Moroz

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New Year is impossible without Father Frost, in the modern Russian folklore he is called Ded Mor’oz. Strangely enough this character, who must have belonged to the ancient Russian mythology or at least to the international one, has too poor connection with the roots. Even the prototype of Saint Nicolas, so highly praised by the Orthodox Christians at present, was not approved by the Russian society of the past. The first Father Frost called Mor’oz Iv’anovich appeared in authors’ tales by the end of the 19th century. He was described as an old man who lived in an icy country where one might get through the well. Children visited him, but he mada no gifts for free: one had to do something good for him to be awarded. At the same time he was kind, so even if a child did something wrong, he would award him with a piece of advice.

The Soviet power perceived Mor’oz Iv’anovich as an enemy together with the rest of our traditions, so even he was forbidden until 1935.  He returned back under a new name Ded Mor’oz, accompanied by a girl, supposed to be his grand-daughter, Sneg’urochka, rarely with a little boy named Year who was destined to succeed to him.

His final image (as shown in the pictures) is the result of hard-working of the Soviet cinema. Indeed, in any New Year animation & movie, you will see Ded Mor’oz dressed in a long red or blue gown, wearing v’alenki (Russian winter wool boots), holding the icy stuff. Being the fruit of the Soviet reality, Ded Mor’oz keeps a certain solemnity & mystery. It is known that he lives somewhere on the North Pole, where children could send him a letter. He flies by your window at night & leaves presents under the Christmas tree or on a windowsill, but nobody knows if he does it sledging or just by means of his magic frost. The routine of Sneg’urochka & the boy Year is more mysterious. They often appear with Ded Mor’oz but the rest is yet unknown.

So, no deer, chimneys & “Ho-ho-ho!”, Esteemed Readers. I wonder, why does Santa Claus say this? Is it a special sign to be prepared for his visit? 🙂 🙂 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo


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14 Responses to Russian New Year Tale: Ded Moroz

  1. Beautiful tale
    Thank you for sharing

  2. I liked Father Frost keeping up with the various Soyuz space crafts. This was a fascinating discussion and I enjoyed the comparison to Santa. Speaking of that Santa goes Ho Ho Ho because he is jolly and perhaps has had too much vodka. S novym godom mariya.

    • kethuprofumo says:

      Thanks for the insight, dear John! Jolly Santa? Hmm…then his brother must be the Jolly Roger! 🙂 Spasibo! S novim schastiem, dorogoj John! Regarding Father Frost & space, I find it a curious paradox of the Soviet reality: if you google: sovetskie novogodnie otkritki s Dedom Morozom, you will discover more things of the kind. Ded Moroz participated in everything: from Space to house building. Ho-ho-ho!

  3. fulvialuna1 says:

    E’ un buontempone!
    Grazie per queste notizie.

  4. An interesting post, Maria. I am very against governments destroying the literature, history and culture of people and places under any circumstances whatsoever. Unfortunately, during war, nobody has any morals, ethics or forethought.

  5. Felicissimo anno nuovo carissima Maria💖
    Un abbraccio grande!!

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