In one of our past posts we invited every couple in love to visit Russia. We gave you many reasons to do it. We’re back with another post on this fascinating country.
This time, we want to underline some of the most important etiquette rules to keep in mind when visiting’s Anna Karenina’s country. Keep them in mind and you’ll positively surprise your friends!
If your Russian host offers you food, make sure you never get up from the table if you haven’t been invited to do so. Doing otherwise is very impolite towards your new Russian acquaintances. While eating, you should never rest your elbows on the table. Kids in particular will be considered rude if they don’t eat like that. Always take second helpings if you’re invited to do so. You will get offered alcohol a lot of times. Be very firm if you don’t enjoy drinking that much.
In case you’re visiting a close friend, you don’t have to wear formal clothes. But you’re expected to do it when you are invited to your host’s house. This shows that you respect them. Remember to take your shoes off after entering someone’s house. You will be able to wear slippers provided by your Russian host. It’s never a bad idea to bring flowers as a gift. But choose those that aren’t yellow, because this color signifies two things: separation and cheating on your loved one. When offering a bouquet of flowers, make sure they’re odd numbers; like 3, 5, 7, 9 and such. Another great idea of a gift is alcohol. Never congratulate someone before their actual birthday. Babies can be given gifts after they’re born, not before.
The majority of Russians are Orthodox. You have to keep this in mind, too. In an Orthodox cathedral or church, you must wear a headscarf if you’re a woman. If you’re a man, you need to remove your headwear.