That symbolized the last snowman
• What is symbolized snowman last
With the arrival of winter, everything becomes like a wonderful tale, and in every yard, as if by magic, appear wrapped scarves funny snow man. This fun winter idea known to people for centuries, but not many people know what a supernatural sense was given a snowman in the past ... Learn about it in our article and see photos that are sure to make your festive mood and inspire your own creativity!
If you believe the old legend, in the late XV century, around 1493, Italian sculptor, architect and poet Michelangelo Buonarroti first blinding snow figures.
The image of snow figures first appeared as an illustration for a children's book with songs, published in Leipzig.
The first snowmen portrayed unkind ferocious snow monsters impressive size. This is not surprising, as in the old days of winter with their ruthless lyutymi frosts and blizzards Dank brought a lot of trouble.
Most likely, it was then and there beliefs, according to which the snow creatures pose a real threat to people. For example, it was believed that to sculpt them into the full moon is dangerous: for a man's disobedience could result in intrusive nightmares, night terrors and indeed all sorts of failures. And in Norway there was a tradition that is dangerous to look at snow figures late in the evening due to the curtains; besides, it was considered a bad omen to meet it on its way at night, it was recommended to pass by.
It was only in the XIX century the snow creating a "kinder" and soon became an indispensable attribute of the Christmas and New Year. Greeting cards with a picture of a smiling cute snowman surrounded by cheerful children is rapidly gaining popularity. It is interesting that in the representation of the European peoples snowman - it's always being male, snowmen and Snow Maidens have never been. In English, for its designation have only one word - snowman.
According to an ancient European parable, St. Francis of Assisi considered the creation of snow figures peculiar method of fighting with demons. And on the other Christian legend snowmen - angels, as snow - it is a gift from heaven. So, the snow man - is none other than the angel, which can transmit a request to God people. To do this, from the freshly fallen snow snow sculpted figure and quietly whispered to her his desire. They believed that as soon as it melts, the request will be immediately transported to heaven and will soon be fulfilled.
In Europe, always sculptured snowmen near the houses, lavishly decorated with garlands and household goods, scarves wrapped up, and arms branching handed brooms. The details of their garments guessed mystical character. For example, a carrot instead of a nose attached to propitiate the spirits, sending the yield and fertility. Inverted bucket on his head symbolized prosperity in the house. Romania has long been known for the custom of decorating a snow figure beads of garlic heads: it was believed that this contributes to household health and protects them from the dark forces of mischief.
Snowman devoted great children's stories, the most famous of which - "Snowman" Hans Christian Andersen. It told the snowy dog little man about his life, about people and about the stove, which she loved to bask, being a puppy. And that, too, there was an inexplicable desire to get closer to the stove, he felt something move in there. For days on end, instead of rejoicing bitter cold, he missed looking at the furnace through the window ... Spring came, and the snowman melted. And only then was no explanation of his grief: he was fastened to the poker, which was moving in it at a home stove.
The hero of another kind of German fairy tales, Der Wunsh des braunen Schneemannes ( "Dream brown snowman") Mandy Vogel - chocolate snowman. He wants to see the snow, and his friend, boy, Tim, takes it to the streets. Snegovichok delighted with the white winter day, and children's games in the snow. In the end, he himself is covered with snow and it is sincerely happy, thinking that now he was as white as all around. But Tim, seeing that his fabulous brown other is still far from ideal whiteness, does not dare to disturb his happiness.
In Russia, the snow figures sculpted from ancient pagan times and was revered as the winter spirits. These, like Santa Claus, are treated with due respect and apply for assistance and reducing the duration of severe frosts. By the way, snowmen and Snow Maiden - this is our, Russian, domain.
Our ancestors believed that natural phenomena winter - fog, snow, blizzards - the precepts of female spirits, so to show them my respect, sculptured snowmen. No wonder that there is an expression "winter-mother", "cold-father." A month of January and sometimes even called "snowman". For our people snow man - is also one of the favorite Christmas characters.
In the remarkable Soviet cartoon "The Snowman mailer" and "When lit Christmas tree" snowman serves as a loyal assistant of Santa Claus on the farm. In the Soviet Union snow men skillfully painted greeting cards. Today, in our civilized world, creating snow figures is not only a favorite pastime of kids, but also socially organized holiday. Around the world to set records for the biggest modeling snowmen.
The highest in Europe snowman emblazoned on the slopes of the ski resort in Austria, in the town of Galtür: its height reached 16 meters 70 centimeters. A record of the creation of the world's tallest snowman was installed in the United States in 1999, its height was 37 meters 20 centimeters, weight - 6000 tons of snow. We do not lag behind in this matter and we will! For the past several years in Moscow, at the estate of Santa Claus in Kuzminki park hosts the annual competition "Parade of snowmen." And let our snowmen growth only person, but their number - a few dozen - very impressive!
Find and you will enjoy the winter time and always will blind his snegovichka! You happy holidays!