Sunday, June 21, 2015

Seasonal

Russia RU-2699060 received 06-09-2014

Sent by: NataliaPeschanskaya
From: Saint Petersburg, Russia
ID number: RU-2699060
Notes: Ok, I know what many of you are thinking: "Today is the first day of summer.  Why is she posting a card showing snow and a guy that kind of looks like Santa Claus?" Well, two reasons.  First, while it is the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it is the first day of winter in the Southern Hemisphere, and this card shows a scene from a winter festival. Yes, it's a winter festival in the Northern Hemisphere, but that's beside the point.  Second, it was the next card in the box, which probably had a lot more to do with why I'm posting it today than my first point did...

Anyway, according to the back of the card, the festival is called "Winter Starts from Yakutia", Yakutia being part of Siberia.  The two men picture here are Ded Moroz, who is basically a Slavic version of Father Christmas, and Chiskhaan, The Bull of Frost.  You can read a bit more about the festival and see some more photos here.



Russia RU-1181617 received 09-30-2012

Sent by: engeborga
From: Saint Petersburg, Russia
ID number: RU-1181617
Notes: Ok, so this card looks a bit more like summer.  Behind the sailboat is Kara Dag, a volcanic rock formation on the coast of the Crimean Peninsula in the Black Sea.  It was the site of a marine biological station in the early 1900s, and since 1979, a large section of this area  has been protected at the Kara Dag Nature Reserve. 

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