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  • How Do Russians Celebrate Birthdays?

    Birthday parties in Russia generally take place on weekends when most people are free to attend. So when one’s birthday falls during the week, it’s best to celebrate the following weekend. They generally last for both lunch and dinner. Russian birthday parties are typically scheduled either for the exact birth date, or a little after […] More

  • Aelita Wall Painting Allegedly Scared Chechen Boxers Away

    Chechen men are well-known for their manliness and religiousness. One might expect toughness from Chechen athletes, but they turned out to be superstitious too. To everyone’s surprise, the painting, depicting Martian Aelita character from Tolstoy’s sci-fi novel, freaked athletes out. Chechen boxers refused to take part in the boxing match, because of an “evil spirit”. […] More

  • Russian traditions and superstitions

    Wikipedia has the great article dedicated to Russian superstitions and traditions. Some are extremely common and practiced by the vast majority of the population, while some are extremely obscure. Many of Russian superstitions are deeply rooted in the Slavic mythology (paganism), practiced by the Slavs before Christianity. More