Traditions in Russia

The history of Russian balalaika

The history of Russian balalaika The history of Russian balalaika

The history of balalaika dates back into the depth of centuries. Some people believe, that it was created by Russian people, some suppose, that it occurred from another instrument. That instrument is called dombra and was made by kirgiz-kaisaks. There is one more version: maybe balalaika was invented during the Tatar rule. So, now, we can’t describe the origin year, when that invention was made.

The time was passing and bal...

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Posted in Russian Fun Traditions in Russia by Viktoria Kuzmenko

Travelling is a lot of fun because it gives a chance to observe and experience different cultures. Culture is a unique way that a particular group of people exercise their everyday activities, it is a unique mindset and worldview that they share. Observing foreign cultures gives me a chance to discover the uniqueness of my own culture. Appreciate it. Admire it. And at times laugh at it.

So I would like to invite you to a short fun overview trip to the Russian way of dealing with life. Couple of f...

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Posted in Traditions in Russia by Arina Anashkina

Did you know that they celebrate Valentine’s Day is Russia? They do, they also have another wonderful holiday, which is typically celebrated with romantic gestures and gifts such as flowers, candlelight dinners and beautiful heart-themed jewelry. The holiday is called International Women’s Day. Learn more about this special day by reading a few fun facts below.

What is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day is a public holiday in Russia. Most financial institutions, official building...

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Posted in Traditions in Russia by Arina Anashkina

Happy Russian Old New Year!

It may sound strange to some Americans… "Happy Old New Year," but it makes a lot of sense to Russians. In Russia many will celebrate the new year with friends, family, presents, and vodka. The new year came to be one of the best holidays ever for Russians because of the meaning and history behind it.

Before Communists took power, Russian Orthodox Christmas was a very important and sacred Russian holiday. However, Communists banned all religious holidays as they banned religion in the country, so ...

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Posted in Traditions in Russia by Lindsey Mae

Is it Santa or Ded Moroz in Russia?

At first glance the Russian Santa (Дед Мороз), also called Father Frost, Ded Moroz, and Grandfather Frost, looks like the American Santa Claus… but with a closer look you will notice a few differences. Yes, they both wear boots, a coat, and they both have white beards. However, The Russian Santa wears a long heel-length coat and is seen walking with a magical staff. He wears valenki or jackboots on his feet and a semi-round fur hat.

Another difference is the way Father Frost delivers presents. He...

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Posted in Traditions in Russia by Lindsey Mae
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Valentine's Day the Russian Way

Of course cards, flowers, chocolate, and teddy bears, and other gifts are given away each year to lovely ladies and (sometimes) kind gentlemen on February 14th. Perhaps items involving cupids, doves, or the heart shape would be given as well…

But in Russia, this happens on March 8th, and it only happens for women. It is International Women’s Day, and people in Russia celebrate this day by giving similar gifts to girls and women, regardless of a...

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Posted in Traditions in Russia by Lindsey Mae
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