The annual festival of snow sculptures in the Japanese city of Sapporo was first held in 1950, when students built six snow sculptures for fun on the main street of the city. First, the event was known only to the locals, but after the 11th Winter Olympic Games held in 1972 in Sapporo, the festival gained worldwide popularity. Since 1974, during the festival began to hold international competitions of sculptures made of snow.
These days, the competition involves more than 25 teams from all around the world. The festival annually attracts over two million people, who come to see the palaces, statues and a variety of amazing sculptures, made by professional sculptors. This year the event will be held from 5 to 11 of February.