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Sunday, 19 January 2014

19 January 2014. A Multimedia Presentation. It’s the Last Day of the Svyatki… Here’s some Shchedrivki…

00 Cossack Christmas. Pre-Revolution. 19.01.14

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01 Old New Year a

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00 Fedoskino Palekh box. Christmas. 06.01.13

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01v To the New Year 2011

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00 Masha i Medved christmas 01.12

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New Year Strawberries 4

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The narration isn’t in English, but watch it for the images and music

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00 Slovak New Year 01

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00 Slovak New Years

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To end it all, here’s some “down home” traditional singing from Carpatho-Russia

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Shchedrivki are like kolyadki, but sung at the New Year and Epiphany (and here). It’s the end of the Svyatki for another year…

BMD

 

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

1 January 2014. Happy New Year to ALL of My Friends Out There in Cyberland! с Новым годом!

00 s Novym Godom! To the New Year! 01.01.14

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00 Happy New Year! 31.12.13

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Happy New Year to ALL of you! PARTY FOR EVERYBODY! This year marks my 60th birthday (in April)… I guess that makes me an “official” “old fart” and/or “elder”. I agree with Browning… this is the “last of life for which the first was made” (in a very positive and good sense). I have NO regrets… none whatsoever. I have many mistakes and sins on my plate, but I don’t whine, I don’t dribble on with cries of “I coulda been a contender!” I did what I did… I own up to the lot of it, for it made me what I am today.

How much longer do I have? That’s up to the Almighty… He doesn’t share such intel (not with me, and, certainly, not with the likes of Pat Robertson et al). I intend to smile until the end. I’ll fight and seek the truth for as long as God gives me breath. Let’s stand together! Life is good… let’s raise up a glass and cheer! It’s the New Year! God bless you all…

с Новым Годом! To Another New Year!

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…

00 Ded Moroz. Grandpa Frost. 01. 24.12.13

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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00 Ded Moroz. Grandpa Frost. 02. 24.12.13

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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00 Ded Moroz. Grandpa Frost. 06. 24.12.13

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

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

24 December 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. The Main Russian New Year’s Tree in the Moscow Kremlin

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. The Main Russian New Year's Tree in the Moscow Kremlin. 2013

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Loggers cut down the main Russian New Year’s Tree in a forest in Naro-Fominsk Raion in Moscow Oblast on Thursday 19 December. It’s a spruce tree, over 110-years-old. Soon, workers will load it onto a flat-bed trailer and deliver it on Saturday in Moscow, where workers will put it on Cathedral Square in the Kremlin. Strict standards exist for the selection of the Kremlin New Year’s Tree… it must have a smooth trunk, a pyramidal shape, feathery branches, and be at least 30 metres (99 feet) in height. The quality of the trees’s timber is important, for it must be able to withstand temperature fluctuations, and it must last for three weeks without deterioration. Foresters reject any trees with moss or lichen on the trunk, or if they discover that the tree’s hollow. Usually, the trees come from the edge of the forest, as it’s easier to take them out and ship them to the city. For several weeks, a special commission examined the forests surrounding Moscow to select a proper tree. They choose two or three main candidates, for two are backups, just in case the primary tree has an accident for one reason or another during the display period. The decorations are rather simple… it has large, medium, and small ornament balls in the colours of the Russian flag (red, white, and blue).

19 December 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/infografika/20131219/985113920.html

http://en.ria.ru/infographics/20131223/185857162/The-Countrys-Main-Christmas-Tree.html

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