Russian people have their New Year Trinity – Ded Moroz, his granddaughter Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) and Snowman. There are a lot of different Santas all over the world, but Snegurochka is the only! She is Russian heritage. Maiden image is a symbol of frozen water, she is forever young and cheerful pagan goddess.
In 1873, Alexander Ostrovsky wrote the play Snow Maiden, where the girl appeared as Ded Moroz’s daughter. In 1882, Rimsky–Korsakov staged an opera based on the play. V.M. Vasnetsov painted costumes for the opera. In 1968 a movie Snow Maiden by Pavel Kadochnikov was released.
In early 1937 Ded Moroz and his granddaughter first appeared together in the Moscow House of Unions (the most important New Year tree festival of the Soviet Union).