Voices from Russia

Sunday, 14 December 2014

14 December 2014. A Multimedia Presentation. Ho, Ho, Ho… po-stilom Russkoye! Dede Moroz in Veliky Ustyug

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The one-and-only truly legit and official 100% certified Kosher Dede Moroz House in Veliky Ustyug

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Dede in Belarus… Dede is EVERYWHERE! You don’t have to know Byelorussian to have fun with this one

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Rockin’ the New Year for the kids

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Here’s the New Year Yolka inside the Dede Moroz House… it’s secular, not Christian… PARTY FOR EVERYBODY!

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The Buranovskiye Babushki singing Party for Everybody… and that DOES mean EVERYBODY…

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Russian Ded Moroz… a Russian New Year song

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A modern New Year song (A Forest New Year’s) for kids… good stuff… smile awhile and remember your own childhood

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Just a kids’ song… Two Cats… just fun

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THIS IS STUCK TO THE TOP OF THE PAGE FOR THE DURATION OF THE HOLIDAYS… Scroll down for new stuff.

It’s that time o’ year, kids. It’s holiday time… don’t give me that “war on Christmas” crapola. Several religious and secular holidays DO coincide, so, “Happy Holidays” is more appropriate in a secular context. Of course, in Christian venues, “Merry Christmas” is welcome… but even there, one sees a place for “Happy Holidays”… ever heard of New Year’s or Epiphany? Remember, there’s a world of difference between “secular” and “secularist”. Furthermore, there’s nothing wrong with the latter, so long as it isn’t “theomachistic” or “anti-Faith”. I respect all faiths… including Secularism. I don’t hold with many of them, but I do respect the people who hold them.

Let’s keep the spirit of the season (and do pass the spirits, please… 80 proof or better, hon). After all, Dede is watching you… and he’s got a secret line to Santa!

BMD

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

25 December 2013. RIA-Novosti Presents… Let’s Meet Ded Moroz (Grandpa Frost)! Russia’s One n’ Only Answer to Santa Claus…

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Ded Moroz (Grandpa Frost), the Russian Santa Claus, has two homes, one in Veliky Ustyug, in northwestern Vologda Oblast, and the other in Moscow’s Kuzminki Park, where he spends the New Year’s holidays.

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Dede has a granddaughter, Snegurochka (the Snow Maiden).

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00 Ded Moroz. Grandpa Frost. 03. 24.12.13

Traditionally, Dede travels by sleigh.

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00 Ded Moroz. Grandpa Frost. 04. 24.12.13

Ahead of New Year’s, Dede has to morph into as many copies as we need to light up New Year’s Trees across the entire country.

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00 Ded Moroz. Grandpa Frost. 05. 24.12.13

Dede reads the letters that children send to him to learn what each one of them would like to have for a New Year’s gift.

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Dede’s bedroom in his residence at Moscow’s Kuzminki Park.

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00 Ded Moroz. Grandpa Frost. 07. 24.12.13

Performances dedicated to Dede are an essential part of New Year’s celebrations at Russian schools and kindergartens.

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00 Ded Moroz. Grandpa Frost. 08. 24.12.13

Where his sleigh will not pass, Dede uses other modes of transportation, such as this air cushion vehicle in St Petersburg.

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00 Ded Moroz. Grandpa Frost. 09. 24.12.13

Dede in a vintage car in a parade on St Petersburg’s Senate Square.

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00 Ded Moroz. Grandpa Frost. 10. 24.12.13

Dede has many foreign colleagues, such as Norway’s Julenissen.

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00 Ded Moroz. Grandpa Frost. 11. 24.12.13

Dede sitting in his Moscow residence

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24 December 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/photolents/20131223/184781297/Father-Frost.html

Editor’s Note:

Dede is part of the secular New Year’s celebration… he isn’t religious at all. The hyper-religious can all get down from their high horses and they can all sit in the corner with their long faces, tight-arsed attitude, and general killjoy spirit. Meanwhile, the rest of us normal human beings can pop a cork or two and SMILE. God gave us this life, and it’s GOOD. Everything has its place, and the secular is just as important for us as the religious is. In any case, Dede is for EVERYBODY… New Year is a “Party for Everybody” (as Buranovskiye Babushki sang (click here for this fab song)). It’s a time when ALL of us can bow to one another, wish one another a good year, hug one another, be unashamedly happy, and do it as one. I see much good… and no bad… in that. Those who think otherwise can kiss my ass, and that’s that.

BMD

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Ded Moroz to Feature in Tajik New Year Festivities After All

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Ded Moroz (Russian for “Grandpa Frost”) will make it onto Tajikistan’s TV screens this New Year after all. A state media boss in the predominately-Muslim former Soviet nation announced earlier this week that he’d would ban Ded Moroz this year… a cheerful white-bearded figure equivalent to Father Christmas… as he isn’t in keeping with local traditions. However, Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloev, the influential mayor of the capital city, Dushanbe, put an end to that killjoy move and insisted that he be part of the festive celebrations. In recent years, Ded Moroz and other associated traditions, which are a legacy of Tajikistan’s history as a former Soviet republic, came under fire from hardline Muslims. The state broadcasting head, in announcing the Ded Moroz prohibition, said that New Year’s Eve programming would feature music, singing, dancing, and countdown festivities, but that they couldn’t show alcohol consumption. A Dushanbe city hall source insisted that no one slapped a ban, official or otherwise, on traditional New Year symbols, which typically include Ded Moroz and his comely granddaughter Snegurochka.

18 December 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20131218/185664565/Ded-Moroz-to-Feature-in-Tajik-New-Year-Festivities-After-All.html

Friday, 13 December 2013

13 December 2013. The Holiday Season is HERE… Have a Smile and ENJOY It!

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Shop Assistants at GUM in Moscow RUSSIAN FEDERATION

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00 New Year's Fair. Red Square. Moscow RUSSIA. 13.12.13

New Year‘s Fair on Red Square in Moscow RUSSIAN FEDERATION

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00 Ded Moroz Parade. Kazan. Tatar Republic. RUSSIA. 13.12.13

Ded Moroz parade in Kazan (Republic of Tatarstan) RUSSIAN FEDERATION

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It’s time to smile and be happy. Put another log on the fire, pop the top off another bottle, and love the one you’re with. Don’t listen to the naysayers with the long faces and the tight-arsed hatred of any fun (trust me, religion doesn’t make people do that, but “religion” does… ponder that one, kids). Emulate Our Lord Christ! He turned water into wine, not wine into water (Evangelicals, take note). Remember, before you can be a good Christian, you have to be a good human being. Throw the lectures, preaching, and moralising into the shitcan… that’s NOT what Our Lord Christ did, nor should we.

A big hug from me to ALL my readers. It’s a happy time of year… it’s no time to be condemnatory. I’m working on being decent… when I reach that, I’ll tackle holiness. You can’t have the second without the first… think on that one.

BMD

 

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