Interesting facts about snowmen

The simplest snow figure of a snowman has come down to us from antiquity. In many countries where snow fell, children sculpted it from several lumps, an old bucket was used as a hat, and a carrot or a stick replaced the nose. In many New Year's tales, the snowman was a faithful companion and helper of Santa Claus.

  1. In pagan Russia, snow women were not just fun. Our ancestors were sure that the spirits were in charge of blizzards and snowfalls, whom these snow sculptures could calm down. Therefore, a broom was inserted into the hands of the snowman, so that, if necessary, he would fly to the sky. When the snowman began to melt, a wish was whispered in his ear, which he could "deliver" to heaven.
  2. In Scandinavia, snowmen were a trap for evil spirits who mistook them for humans and took possession of them. But they could not get back. In Norway, snowmen were called "white trolls". Walking past a snowman in the evening was considered a bad sign, and looking at him from a window at dusk was dangerous. And in Romania, to scare away evil spirits, a snowman was decorated with a garlic necklace.
  3. In 1861, Hans-Christian Andersen wrote the fairy tale The Snowman. The dog told the snowman how pleasant it is to bask by the stove. Since then, the snowman had a desire - to warm up by the stove. Only in the spring, when it melted, there was an explanation for this strange desire - the snowman was attached to the poker, so she missed her own stove.
  4. In 1853, Mary Dilvin of Wales took the very first photograph of a snowman. This photo has survived to the present day, it is now in the National Library of Wales.
  5. Since 1818, an unusual festival has been held in the Swiss city of Zurich, the name of which, translated into Russian, means “six-bells”. The holiday marks the arrival of spring. A stuffed snowman made of cloth and cotton wool is placed on a woodpile. As soon as the bells ring in St. Peter's Church six times, spring has come. A woodpile, under which a small charge of explosives is placed in advance, is set on fire. It is believed that the faster the scarecrow burns out, the warmer and more fertile the summer will be.
  6. The world's largest snowman was made in 2008 in the city of Bethel (USA). Its height was 37 meters, and it took 6 thousand tons of snow to make. Construction lasted for 2 weeks, even heavy equipment was used. For Olympia, as the snowman was called, a 40-meter-long scarf was specially tied. And the eyelashes were replaced with skis.
  7. In 1976, at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, a mascot first appeared - it was a snowman with an unusual name - Olympiamald. It consisted of only one snowball, and had a traditional nose - a carrot.
  8. But the Snowman was the mascot of the hockey tournament for the prize of the Izvestia newspaper for more than 20 years - from 1971 to 1996. The initiator of both the tournament itself and its symbol was the editor-in-chief of the Izvestia newspaper Boris Fedosov. Since 1997, the Baltika Brewing Company has become a sponsor, and the image of a snowman is becoming a thing of the past.
  9. It is interesting that in Romania snowmen are usually decorated with bundles of garlic heads. Such decoration is designed to scare away evil spirits.
  10. But the smallest snowman, measuring only 10 micrometers (0.01 mm), was created by scientists at the National Physical Laboratory of Great Britain. It was assembled from small balls used to calibrate electron microscopes. And then, eyes, nose and even smile.
  11. The figure of a snowman is used quite unusual in Zurich during the celebration of the arrival of spring on the third Monday in April. The head of the giant Burning of Böögg snowman is filled with fireworks and set on fire to the delight of children and adults. The big boom can be heard even outside the city.
  12. But a bucket on the head of a snowman was "dressed" by Soviet animators in a cartoon about a snowman-postman in 1955.
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  14. Religion forbids Muslims to make snowmen, like any other figure depicting living creatures.
  15. Did you know that World Snowman Day is celebrated on January 18th? The idea of ​​this holiday came to the head of Cornelius Gretz from Germany, who in 2008 with his three thousandth collection of snowmen got into the Guinness Book of Records. By the way, the choice for January 18 was not accidental. After all, the number 1 is like a broom, and 8 is like the snowman himself.