International Snowman Contest

30 December 2021 — 28 February 2022 Pushkinskaya Embankment

History of Snowmen

People who live in countries with snowy winters have been making snowmen since time immemorial. Traditionally, such idols have symbolized rebirth because the snow will inevitably melt.

The first European snowman was an Italian. According to legend, sculptor and architect Michelangelo Buonarotti sculpted the first snow figure at the end of the 15th century. However, the familiar word ‘snowman’ (German — schneeman) was first heard in Germany, where it was coined in the 18th century.

Over time, snow figures began to pop up at every European house, as snowman-making became a traditional winter activity for the whole family to engage in. In Russia, the ‘snowwoman’ carried a sacred meaning: a snowy winter promised fertility, which means a bountiful and happy year!

In 20th century Russia, snowwomen were eventually replaced by modern snowmen, who immediately became the hero of the most kindhearted fairy tales.

It’s time to make a snowman with the whole family!

Would you like to see your creation on the Pushkinskaya Embankment? You only need a little imagination and to:

  1. Assemble a team of one to five people from the same family. Families from any country can participate in the competition!
  2. Choose a category:
    • Favorite Fairy Tale Character;
    • Active Snowman — Symbol of Moscow;
    • A Snowman Family;
    • Snowman — Symbol of 2022;
    • Giant Snowman.
  3. Draw a sketch of your snowman and upload it to the form below.
    Photos of real people are not sketches and will not be accepted for the competition.
  4. Fill in all the required fields.
  5. Send in your application from December 30 to February 18.

The results of the competition will be announced on February 28. We are preparing gifts for the winners in each category!

Fill out the participant form

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