The most popular Soviet cartoon in Russian history is "Cheburashka". Cheburashka is a character from the picture book "Gena the Crocodile".
In 1969 the animation director for Soyuzmultfilm created a puppet animation. Since then, Cheburashka has become a popular character.
From January 2023, a movie remake of the animation "Cheburashka" was released in Russia and became a hit during the New Year holidays. The movie theater was full of children. "Cheburashka" is the highest-grossing Russian film of all time, with over 5 billion rubles at the box office.
4 interesting facts about the movie:
・Cheburashka was filmed in southern Russia (Sochi, Pyatigorsk, Kislovodsk).
・Six tons of oranges were used during the filming of the movie.
• 26 rats, 8 parrots, 6 guinea pigs, 1 bulldog and 1 iguana participated.
In the movie, Gena is not a crocodile, but a human (Gennadi) who works as a gardener in an arboretum.
In Russia, winter holidays start at the end of December. This year's public holiday overlaps with Saturday and Sunday, so we will be closed for 9 days.
With only a week left until the New Year, Muscovites are in New Year's mode. I have a lot of work deadlines. On top of that, I am busy with various household chores, such as cleaning the house, decorating for the New Year, and preparing presents. Both children and adults are waiting for the winter holidays.
The streets of Moscow are also cleaned up and decorated with about 200 lovely Christmas trees.
But the Kremlin Christmas tree is considered the prettiest. It is the country's main Christmas tree. There is a special committee that selects the main Christmas trees, and each year experts take a close look at the trees' appearance. The pines should be tall and fluffy and about 100 years old. According to experts, pine trees that are nearly 100 years old gradually weaken, and even if they are cut down, there is no impact on the environment.
The main Christmas tree in 2023 is 27 meters high, has a trunk diameter of 56 cm and is 95 years old. The decoration of the Kremlin tree takes several days to complete. This year it was completed on December 23rd. The decoration does not change much from year to year. The New Year tree is decorated with gold, white and red balls and lights.
Wishing you all a wonderful 2023!
Recently, it has become noticeably colder in Moscow, and we have entered winter. The city is preparing to welcome the New Year. Streets and shopping centers were decorated with Christmas garlands and decorations.
Skating rinks will reopen throughout Moscow at the end of November. On November 25, the world's largest skating rink opens at the All-Russian Exhibition Center (VDNKh). The ice skating rink will be set up around the wonderful fountains of "Friendship of People" and "Stone Flower" respectively, covering an area of more than 20,000 square meters. VDNKh in winter attracts many.
From September 21, 2022, the exhibition "Crinoline Jacket Sweatshirt" opened at the Museum of History in Moscow. An exhibition that looks back on the history of Russian women's fashion from the late 19th century to 2022.
The exhibition includes 19th-century corset dresses, evening dresses, and the clothes of ordinary citizens and wealthy women. Not only clothes, you can also find shoes, handbags, cosmetics and other accessories. The approximately 150 exhibits are very impressive. When you look at the gorgeous costumes, you will feel like you are in another world.
As of October 20, 2022 Moscow City:
Number of infected people - 3,222,733 (+711)
Deaths - 46,470 (+17)
Number of recoveries － 3,031,084 (+1,232)
The number of new coronavirus infections in Russia continues to decline. The number of infected people has fallen to the same level as when the new corona infection spread in July 2020.
Moscow Day is celebrated on the second Saturday and Sunday of September every year. In 2020 and 2021, major events were canceled due to the influence of the new coronavirus, but this year, the Moscow government has decided to hold a grand celebration as Moscow celebrates its 875th anniversary.
Celebrations included concerts, masterclasses, festivals and evening fireworks. The main venues were Red Square and Tverskaya Street. Tverskaya Street was transformed into a pedestrian street with four themed zones. Thematic zones included “Moscow River”, “Moscow Public Transport”, “City Fashion Industry” and a concert stage. Everywhere I went in Moscow, there were various events and it was lively. The celebrations continued until midnight, so the Moscow metro ran 24 hours a day that weekend.
September 24, 2022, Moscow:
Number of infected people - 3,177,014 (+4,101)
Deaths - 45,864 (+31)
Recovered - 2,957,636 (+5,554)
Despite an average of ~5000 new positive cases per day, many infected people have mild to moderate symptoms and recover without hospitalization. Between 25 August and 24 September, ~300 people were hospitalized per day.
Day trips are popular these days. Because it's the easiest way to get new experiences.
One of the popular day trip destinations is the city of Kolomna. Kolomna is an ancient city in the Moscow region, located two hours by train from Moscow. Kolomna is famous for its Kremlin and Pastila.
First, let's talk about the Kremlin. The Kolomna Kremlin is one of the 12 remaining Kremlin in Russia. A 16th-century church and monastery remain on the site. The whole city is cute, and you can enjoy just walking while looking at the wooden houses one by one.
Next, let's talk about pastilla. Pastila, which first appeared in Russia during the reign of Ivan IV, is a traditional Russian pastry. The taste is like a marshmallow with apple juice. Kolomna has the Pastila Museum. In addition to visiting the museum, you can also participate in a 19th-century Russian-style tea ceremony.
As of August, the number of new corona infections has increased significantly. Corona infections are raging not only in Russia but all over the world.
August 25, 2022, Moscow:
Number of infected people － 2,990,057 (+8,874)
Deaths - 44,955 (+25)
Recovered - 2,757,001 (+8,574)
Every year in mid-July, Moscow hosts the International Flower Festival. This is the 10th event this year, which started in 2012. Experts in the fields of floristry and landscape design uniquely decorate the plazas and shops, and everywhere you look, you will find a lot of gorgeous flowers, which is very pleasant. A total of 24 species and about 100,000 plants can be seen in various parts of the city. The center of Moscow is surrounded by various flowers, and flower decorations have become a popular photo spot.
July 25, 2022 Moscow City:
Number of infected people-2,799,254 (+2,386)
Number of recoverers-2,599,816 (+911)
In Russia, the number of new infections with the new corona is increasing. The Moscow government does not introduce coronavirus restrictions, but Mayor Sobyanin recommends wearing a mask indoors.