People in Russia keep their old customs and traditions and are very proud of them. Customs are changing more often than traditions.
People in Russia keep their old customs and traditions and are very proud of them. Customs are changing more often than traditions. Today the most widely spread are the following ones: Russian people usually give up their seats to the elderly or to other people who need it; When you meet your friend you may kiss him or her or shake hands; We usually visit our friends not only on holidays and week-ends.
They enjoy drinking tea with their relatives or friends in the kitchen and having long chats; The Russians are known to be a hospitable and open-hearted people. They like to invite guests to their places, they like to give traditional souvenirs to their foreign friends as Matryoshka dolls, beautiful mugs, plates and spoons from the village of Khokhloma and Palekh boxes, Zhostovo tea-trays, Gzhel dishes, Pavlovo headscarves; Russian people like having parties and receiving guests.
All guests watch attentively who takes a bigger piece of the wedding caravay. He or she is supposed to be at the head of the family; Russian people enjoy reading very much.
Many families keep different pets at home. They take care of their pets and train them. Cats, dogs, guinea pigs, parrots and fish are the most common pets in Russia; Until the beginning of the 20th century Russian bath had been the first necessity of home life. People often went to bathhouses.
Today it is rather an entertainment or a part of a healthy lifestyle. The main attributes of Russian baths are birch and oak brooms, steam, sweet tea with herbs, kvass or other drinks. When a new baby is born in Russia he or she is usually christened in a church. Christening is an ancient ceremony during which a new baby is dipped 3 times in to the water.
After a baby has been christened we usually say: Easter is one of the most favourite holidays in Russia. It has no the fixed date. It usually falls on April. Easter is the day of memory of Jesus Christ: The holiday has some ceremonies: On the Easter day we greet each other by the words: It was said on that day: If the kutya was good it was believed that the coming year would be a happy one.
The 7th of January is Christmas day by the Julinian calendar. The sun was expected to appear on that day. This holiday is celebrated with all-night services in churches. Nowadays more and more people observe and enjoy the day; The days from Christmas to the Epiphany are called Christmas tide.
Earlier people had carnivals, told fortunes, made snowman, rode troikas, played snowballs, wore fancy costumes and sang carols during this days. At present many people, especially young girls enjoy telling fortunes. The simpliest way is to write down the name of the sweetheart on a sheet of paper, to put it on the plate and to burn it. If the sheet is not burned to ashes, the sweetheart will marry her; Almost all Russians observe Old New Year which falls on the 13th of January.
Until Russia had used the Julinian calendar which was 13 days behind the European or Gregorian one. Many Russians stay at home on this day. They invite friends and relatives, have a festive supper, have fun and set off fireworks; Maslenitsa came to Russia from the pagan Slavs. The most important god in the pagan times was Yarilo, the God of the Sun and Fertility. The Slavs believed that the change of seasons was the struggle between Yarilo and the evil spirits of cold and darkness.
According to the ancient beliefs it was necessary to help Yarilo in his fight against winter. Pancakes symbolized Yarilo, the God of the Sun. The Slavs believed that by eating pancakes they received the vital power, light and warmth of the sun. Today the Russians eat them with honey, red and black caviar, mushrooms, soured cream or jam — to any taste; We celebrate Shrovetide for seven days.
The whole week is filled with fun and games. Every day of the week has its special name and rituals. The last day of Maslenitsa is called the Forgiveness Day. Everybody ask one another for forgiveness in order to redeem themselves from their sins. We bow to one another and say: On the last day of the week we burn the scarecrow of Maslenitsa.
It means we say good bye to winter and welcome spring; Now we would like to show you a short presentation of Shrovetide. Of course, it is not full but we are sure you will get the idea of this wonderful holiday. Сценарии школьных праздников на английском языке.
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