Top 10 Russian Santa Clauses
• Top-10 Russian Santa Clauses
Among the diverse peoples of Russia, many ethnic groups have their own Santa Claus. Check out our top 10 list of media presents.
1. Santa Claus.
Grandfather Frost, Russian incarnation of the New Year is officially live in the Vologda region in the city of Veliky Ustyug. It is here that children from all over Russia sent a letter asking for gifts. He lives with his granddaughter Snow Maiden. Without them, New Year's just unimaginable.
2. Shoo Babai - Tatarstan.
In the village of Yana Kyrlay in the Republic of Tatarstan is home to a brother of Santa Claus Shoo Babai. Shuba replaced by a coat and hat on a skull cap. And instead granddaughter he has a daughter named Kar Kyzy. Their residence live magical beings Shurale, forest spirit, a kind-hearted and brave hero Satan Batyr.
3. Talvi Ukko - Karelia.
Translated from the Karelian language Talvi Ukko means "Winter Grandfather." He lives far away from Petrozavodsk, the capital of the Republic of Karelia in the north of Russia, together with his team of reindeer helpers Huskies and Malamutes. Therefore, people visit his residence not only in order to receive gifts, but also to ride a reindeer and dog sledding, and drinking tea with Karelian pies known as the wicket.
4. Pakkaine - Karelia.
Even in Karelia, this time in the medieval town of Olonets, located in the south, lives another Santa Claus named Pakkaine whose appearance does not say anything about his true identity. His name is thus translated as "frosty weather". According to legend, Pakkaine was cheerful guy who loved winter activities and travel. But he also loved to sit in front of a mirror. It is said that in each city where he stopped, he reflected continued to live there.
5. Chyskhaan - Yakutia.
Further east in Yakutia has a Santa Claus. Chyskhaan severe as the boreal winter, the name is translated as "bitter cold". Blood, half-bull, when he grows horns in Yakutia the winter comes, and when they fall, summer begins. At the "king of cold" have a wife, star maiden Cholbon Kuo and his mother in law - Winter herself.
6. Yamal Iri - Yamal.
Nenets version of Santa Claus lives at the edge of the world, he has a long gray beard, traditional clothing northern nomads and tambourine to perform rites and rituals. Yamal Iri uses it to ward off evil spirits from people's homes. If you have a wish and touch his staff, and it will come true.
7. Tol Babai - Udmurtia.
Giant Tol Babai curve has a staff of his long years of wandering in the world. Legend has it that during his travels he learned to communicate with animals and plants, but people are always a little afraid of him. Only the children wanted to be friends with the giant. Since then, as a thank you, he gives presents to his young friends and invite them to visit him. It is easily recognized by his purple cloak and carrying a birch bark box for gifts.
8. Hel Mucha - Chuvashia.
In the past, the peoples of the Chuvash Republic celebrated the New Year during the holiday surhuri (literally "sheep's foot"), because after the holidays people are used to catch the sheep's leg. The main spirit of the magic holiday Chuvash - Hel Mucha, who is assisted by his granddaughter Ure Pike. Their box of tricks includes speaking samovar, a chest with the wishes and "happy" hours. Meeting with Hel Mucha New Year's Eve is believed to provide a successful year.
9. Sagaan Ubugunov - Buryatia.
Buryatia region honors its "white old man." It is believed that it brings peace, longevity and prosperity in the family. Sagaan Ubugunov carries a staff with a dragon's head, one of the main Buddhist symbols.
10. Arthuron - North Ossetia.
Name of Santa Claus Caucasian translated as "Grandfather Fire." Arthuron - the ancient god of the sun and fire, which gives people wealth and prosperity. In Ossetia on the eve of New Year baked a special round cake in his honor, which brings happiness, according to legend.