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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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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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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

Sunday, 23 June 2013

23 June 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Traktorist Steals Bridge in Russia

00 Tractor in field. 23.06.13

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In an age of convoluted wrongdoing, it’s refreshing to find a criminal eschewing complex machinations in favour of a hands-on approach… as a local man did in Russia’s northern Vologda Oblast, stealing a small metal bridge for scrap metal. The culprit led local police on what could well have been the most anticlimactic investigation in the history of Vologda, given that he dragged the bridge with his tractor, leaving a trail all the way to his house. The criminal turned out to be a 23-year-old local man recently released on parole, oblast police said in a statement Friday, without specifying his name or previous offence. The man faces two more years behind bars over the incident. He managed to dismantle the bridge with a welding machine, but he didn’t have the time to sell the pieces. The incident took place in the village of Frolovo, some 50 kilometres (31 miles) northeast of the city of Vologda. The cops said that the loss of the bridge left the locals without access to a spring that serves as a reserve water supply whenever the water tower in the village breaks. Russian police blamed unusual disappearances on scrap metal collectors in the past, including unsolved thefts of several steam locomotives in Krasnoyarsk Krai in 2005 and someone nicked a circus bear’s bicycle… a heavy steel structure unfit for human use… in Tatarstan last May.

22 June 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/crime/20130622/181813771/Tractor-Driver-Steals-Bridge-in-Russia.html

Monday, 19 November 2012

19 November 2012. RIA-Novosti Presents… Ded Moroz and His Colleagues, Both Eastern and Western

On 18 November, the Chief Ded Moroz (Gran’pa Frost) of Russia marks his birthday. His official residence in Veliki Ustyug in Vologda Oblast will light its official Christmas tree… this ceremony begins the journeys of this New Year’s Wizard to cities in Russia and abroad. Distinguished guests are coming to greet Dede on his birthday… his colleagues, New Year’s wizards from all over the world and from all over Russia.

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Dede is inseparable from his granddaughter Snegurochka (Snow Maiden).

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Sometimes, the New Year Kid accompanies Dede and Snegurochka.

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Dede is the main character of the fabulous New Year holiday, the East Slavic version of the Christmas gift-giver Santa Claus. Dede’s traditional appearance resembles that of Santa Claus, with his coat, boots, and long white beard.

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Many believe that Santa Claus’ main office is located in Finland, in Lapland.

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Originally, Santa wore a brown coat, but over time, it’s become red.

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In the run-up to Christmas, Santa Claus Parades occur in the streets of almost all the cities of the world. This is the annual Santa Claus Parade in Copenhagen in Denmark.

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Santa’s been seen in Brazil

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On the beach in Monaco

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On roller-skates in Seoul

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In a park in South Korea, visitors can meet Santa with bikini-clad “elves”.

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In 2011, in Tokyo, Santa and his reindeer-friend was seen amongst the window cleaners.

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In the Dolphinarium of Sea Paradise in Yokohama, the divers wear Santa suits.

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Postman wearing a Santa suit in France.

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Real Santa Claus fans wear their red coats and fasten on their white beards even in the summer time.

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18 November 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/photolents/20121118/907967738.html

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