Festivals from christmas-june are about calling in a good harvest, then bringing. Wednesday, january 11, 2017 in the harvest itself. Couples hold hands and jump over the bonfire together will stay. Mokosh"s festival comes after the harvest, then back to winter festivals together if hands stay clasped (mummery holidays) New year started in september, not in january, because winter was unlucky. The beginning of the russian fairy tale: skomorokhi storytellers, minstrels, The world of the russian fairytale is the world of the forest. All fairytales began orally favourite pastime for peasants. Talented storytellers were included in aristocratic/royal households: e. g. Ivan the terrible kept 3 blinded storytellers to tell him bedtime stories. Alexander afanasiev (1826-1871): greatest collector of russian fairytales: 8 vols. , >600 tales largest published collection. Only took down a couple dozen himself, sent out men to write down peasant"s tales. Received influx of material from lexicographer vladimir dal. Compiler of the explanatory dictionary of the great live.