Ermak Travel Guide



Russian Culture and Traditions








Many foreigners consider Russians strange, talking about the mysterious Russian soul and absolutely illogical actions.  Russians have a lot of traditions and habits that foreigners can neither understand nor explain.


Girls, especially urban, love to dress up. For example, an evening dress and stiletto heels are the perfect outfit for walking around the city.

Having packed their belongings and packed up their bags, the Russians will sit for a moment, to “sit on the path.”

Only a lazy Russian limited to the phrase "for health" or "na zdorovie". So, when someone rises to make a toast, be ready to follow the train of thought for the next half hour.

When asking the Russian “How are you?”, Do not expect to hear back simply “Thank you, good.” Here, in response, it is customary to report in detail about the entire current life situation.

Russians don't just smile out of politeness. A smile needs to be earned, and friends usually smile, and strangers smile is not accepted.

Forget Christmas! The main winter holiday is the New Year with an essential NEW YEAR tree and gifts under it.


In fact Russians love New Year so much that they have two of them. The old New Year is a rare historical phenomenon, an additional celebration that resulted from the change of the calendar. Because of this discrepancy of calendars, Russians celebrate two “New Years” - in the old and new styles. By the twentieth century, the calendar of Russia, which continued to use the Julian calendar, was 13 days behind Europe, which had long since switched to the Gregorian calendar. To reduce this gap in 1918, they switched to the Gregorian calendar - a new style. However everyone kept celebrating New Year by Gregorian and a Julian calendar.




If friends or relatives have gathered around the table, they will fill themselves and talk a lot! Russian feasts can last for hours.

Russians make new acquaintances with ease. In five minutes, the interlocutors become friends, and in ten minutes they already exchange invitations for tea.

If you are invited to visit, it is necessary to grab something to the table - a chocolate bar, a bottle of wine. You can bring flowers (necessarily an odd number!). In fact, it is not so important what exactly you bring, the main thing is not to come empty-handed.


Don't give things across a door threshold. Either step outside or invite the person inside the house/apartment.


A Russian person likes to argue on various issues, both private and general. The Russian person is often interested in the dispute not as a means of finding the truth, but as a mental exercise, as a form of emotional, sincere communication with each other. That is why in Russian communicative culture, disputants so often lose the thread of the dispute, easily moving away from the original topic. More over Russians like to surround themselves with people who disagree with them. At least they have something to argue about. If you see people scream at each other discussing a political, historical, religious or any other topic the chances are that these are best friends.