New Year illumination was turned on in Grodno on 15 December. The event was followed by a parade of Grandfathers Frost and Snow Maidens. Grandfather Frost (Ded Moroz in Russian) is a Slavic fictional character similar to that of Father Christmas. Grandfather Frost brings presents to children and often delivers them in person on New Year's Eve. He is usually accompanied by his granddaughter — Snow Maiden (Snegurochka in Russian).