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More than 100 winter wizards came all the way from different parts of Russia and countries like Armenia, Belarus and Moldova.
Sofia Sandurskaya / Moskva News Agency

International Ded Moroz Convention Comes to Moscow’s VDNKh

The New Year is one of the most popular holidays in the world — and the biggest celebration of the year in Russia. The closer it comes, the more events there are.

Ded Moroz, the Slavic version of Santa Claus, is a character synonymous with the Russian New Year. Last weekend, Ded Morozes from around the world gathered at VDNKh park, one of Moscow's most famous exhibition spaces.

More than 100 winter wizards came all the way from different parts of Russia and countries like Armenia, Belarus and Moldova to participate in the festival, which was created to introduce people to the culture and traditions of different countries.

Here's a look at the wintertime festivities in action:

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