Snegurochka is the famous snow maiden who helps Father Frost (Ded
Moroz) deliver the presents every New Years in Russia. While this snow
maiden is a phenomenon in Russia, especially with children, most people
outside of Russia have never heard of this famous Russian fairy-tale
Her story began in pagan times, where she symbolized the shift from
winter to spring. In the 19th century, her story was revised and
romanticized in a fairy-tale written by Aleksandr Ostrovsky...
Snegurochka is the immortal daughter of Frost and Spring. Although
she can live forever, she is not able to do something she would dearly
like... to experience love. In order to experience real love, she
has to sacrifice her mortality. And so at the first sign of spring,
she melts away...
Check out this terrific Russia Today news clip of the history of
Russia's snow maiden, as well as some interesting insights into the way
this story has become a phenomenon in modern-day Russia.