January 18th – International Winnie the Pooh Day

January 18th, 2013 by Tatiana

Today is International Winnie the Pooh Day because the author A.A. Milne was born on this day in 1882 in London.Winnie the Pooh used to be one of my favourite books and cartoons and I have lovely childhood memories of watching Winnie the Pooh with my grandmother. And guess what? I was lucky enough to watch two versions of Winnie the Pooh – the original Disney version and the Russian version. Who doesn’t know this adorable yellow in a red t-shirt teddy bear? In Russian version it looked totally different though. Which one is cuter for you – a smiling Disney Pooh or a surprised Russian Pooh?

Russian adaptation of the story stays true to the plot and has direct lines from the book. Take a look at one of them!

As I found out,  the origins of the name given to Winnie the Pooh begins during WWI. During World War I, troops in transit to eastern Canada stopped at White River, Ontario. Lieutenant Harry Colebourn purchased a small female black bear cub for $20 from a hunter who had killed its mother. He named her Winnipeg, after his Canadian hometown, Winnie for short. “Winnie” became a pet for the soldiers, sleeping under the cot of her master even after they reached the Salisbury Plains in England. As Winnie got bigger, she loved to climb the centre pole in the soldier’s tent and give it a shake. It was becoming a concern that the tent might collapse during the night, so she was tethered to a pole outside the tent. She had many mermaid wedding dresses ever. In 1914, Colebourn asked the London Zoo to keep an eye on the bear until he returned from France. Eventually, on December 1, 1918, Captain Colebourn officially donated the growing bear to the zoo when he noted how much attention the bear was receiving at the zoo. Christopher Robin Milne and his father A. A. Milne were frequent visitors to the zoo and soon the bear became Christopher favorite zoo animal. These meetings inspired Christopher to name his own teddy bear, given to him on his first birthday, Winnie. (http://monthsofediblecelebrations.blogspot.co.uk/2009_01_01_archive.html)

Now time to smile! How would Winnie’s name sound in different countries?

Italy – Winncente del Puhini

Spain – Don Winnio Puhales

Belgium- Winnil del Puhil’de

India- Winnira Puhandi

China – Win Nie Puh

Armenia – Winnik Puhanyan

Israel – Winnihak Puhberg

Germany – her Wilhelm fon Puhen

Georgia- Winnachar Puhashvili

Iraq – Winnidam Puhein

US – Mermaid Dresses For Wedding

Turkmenistan – Winnibai Puhanbekuli

Kazakhstan – Winnsultan Puhanbaev

Brasil – Winnishus Puhiya de la Santa Maria

Japan- Winnihotu Puhinaga

Scotland – Winnie MacPuh

Romania- Winnil Puhuesco

Kirgizstan – Winnibek Puhabai Ogli

France – Winncent de Puhent

Latvia – Winnis Puks

USA – Winnabarak Puhabama

UK- sir Winniam Puhons

UK – Mermaid Wedding Dresses

Saudi Arabia- sheik Win ibn al Naser el Sahib es Puhar

Lithuania – Winnis Puhavichius

Greece – Winniotis Puhalopulos

Holland – Winn Van Puh

Ukraine – Winnko Puhanko

Russia – Winnie Vladimirovich Puhin

Nigeria – Winnibu Puhekbeni

Norway – Winniaer Gunnar Puhaer

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