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Today in History, Jan. 30

The Snow Maiden, or Snegurochka. Victor Vasnetsov

Happy Grandfather Frost and Snow Maiden Day! On Jan. 30, an old pagan festival celebrating the end of winter takes place. People tell stories about how the Snow Maiden — a character in a Russian fairytale — fell in love, before melting in the glare of the first spring sunbeam.

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