As posted on the popular U.S. website article provides a list of “most bizarre customs,” which is worth knowing U.S. citizens intending to visit Russia for the first time.
Added an article published on the entertainment site Buzzfeed, compiled a list of Russian customs that Americans seem strange and absurd. List of “oddities” consists of 16 items listed below.
So, according to the Americans, Strange Russian customs:
1. Primp trip to the store for
Russian, especially urban dwellers, love to dress up. For example, a beautiful dress and high heel shoes – it’s the perfect outfit for a casual walk.
2. Sit down for a minute before you go (on track)
packed suitcases, most Russians pause and sit still for a minute before departure.
3. Speak long and convoluted toasts
Only the lazy Russian limited by the phrase “for health” or something similar. Seriously. So get ready to hear anecdotes and follow them a long speech.
4. Constantly telling jokes
They may interrupt his narrative to say with pleasure “and you know, it reminded me of anecdote”, and then tell him, even if it is totally inappropriate.
5. Congratulate each other when exiting the shower or sauna
They say, “Enjoy Your Bath!” In fact, congratulating each other with light steam
6. Responding to the question “how are you?” Frank and meaningful
to the Russian question “how are you?” suggests a specific answer on the merits, and not just “fine, thank you.”
7. Not smiling strangers
smile bystanders – it does not matter. Smiling should be present, and it should be shared only with friends
8. Celebrate the New Year with more enthusiasm than Christmas
Forget about Christmas. Christmas tree, gifts – it’s all for the New Year, in fact it is a real winter holiday.
9. Constantly revise old Soviet cartoons
, “Well, wait!” (Russian version of “Tom and Jerry”), “The Bremen Town Musicians,” “The Snow Queen” in Russia are the most loved.
10. Calling all women “girls”
If you need to summon the waitress yell “girl”. If you want to ask the address of 50-year-old woman, you can refer to it “girl.” Any woman who is younger, “grandmother” – a “girl.”
11. Sit down at a table to eat and stay behind him for hours
When the Russian going to dinner, they sit down, eat and talk. Such conversations can last very long.
12. Collect packages
Seriously, Russian never, never, never throw away packets. Because you never know when they will need.
13. Make ready for the arrival of friends more than you need
and most of the dishes will be fueled with tons of mayonnaise.
14. Living with parents
is often the case that all generations – parents, children, grandparents – live together in one apartment.
15. Acquainted with complete strangers and immediately become friends
And then invite them to drink tea in just 10 minutes after the start of the conversation.
16. Not come to visit without a gift (empty-handed)
gifts can be a dessert or wine if you are invited for dinner, chocolates or flowers (necessarily odd number). Not so important, what it will be, the main thing – to bring something.