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Ded Moroz

Christmas, Christmas Personages

Title

Ded Moroz

Denomination

49¢

Date of Issue

November 4, 1993

Year

Quantity

11,000,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Christmas, Christmas Personages

Series Time Span

1993

Perforation or Dimension

13.5

Printer

Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.

Creators

Designed by Louis Fishauf.

About Stamp

Canada Post Corporation's final set in its Christmas series honouring Yuletide personages from around the world makes its début on November 4, 1993. The 38¢ Greet More stamp depicts the North American Santa Claus, while other Yuletide gift-givers include Swiety Mikolaj and Gwiazdka, from Poland (43¢ domestic rate), Russia's Ded Moroz (49¢ USA rate) and Father Christmas from Australia (86¢ international rate). Russian children dream about Ded Moroz, which translates into Grandfather Frost. Unlike many Christmas personages who are characterizations of St. Nicholas, the Russians "Santa" comes from a pagan and secular legend. His red costume is beautifully decorated with stars. He travels in a traditional Russian sleigh called a "troika" which is horse-drawn rather than reindeer-driven. He is known to appear on New Year's Day, as well as January 7, the date of the Orthodox Christmas.
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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, No. 12, 1993, p. 4-6.

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