Moscow Local Customs

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  • 1. Behavior & Superstitions

    In Russia, you should never shake hands with someone over a threshold (doorway, gap, etc). If you do, it is considered that something bad will happen between the two parties in the future. Also, when...

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  • 2. Eating & Drinking

    Being an ‘Old Russian’, I still remember the days when eating, drinking, let alone smoking in the street was considered utterly bad form. I mean, school kids would, of course, snatch an Eskimo (11...

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  • 3. Language

    Here are some words/phrases. Please let me know what other words/phrases I can add. Please keep in mind -- Russian words are below are transliterations, Russian language uses Cyrillic characters --...

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  • 4. Religion

    If you come to Moscow in winter, you have a chance for two Christmases, your own on December 25th, and the Orthodox on January 7th. The tradition is fairly new and had not ousted The New Year...

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  • 5. Theatres/Museums

    This is not a museum public convenience. This toilet is a museum in its own right! Located in the renown GUM store in the Red Square, it will take your breath away – well, literally – with exquisite...

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  • 6. Cards and cash

    Remember the post-apocalyptic ‘The Postman’ with Kevin Costner, when he still had his own hair? That’s how we’ll have it pretty soon, with foreign authorities...

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  • 7. Foreign banks in Moscow

    If you have cards with these banks and find their ATMs, you may escape ‘alien bank’ commission. These are just those I can recall offhand; you can contact your...

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  • 8. The Moscow Coat of Arms

    We are no different from many other European cities here, having chosen St. George as Moscow’s patron saint.There’s some logic, too: Prince Yuri the Long-Armed,...

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  • 9. El edificio más alto/ The tallest building

    Con un curioso sentido del humor decían que era el edificio más alto de Moscú , pues desde sus sótanos se divisaba perfectamente Siberia . Este edificio estaba...

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  • 10. Cúpulas de cebolla - Onion Domes

    A mi las cúpulas de cebolla o de bulbo son una de las cosas que me gustan y que me llaman la atención en Rusia Tiene forma semiesférica , completamente lisa sin...

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  • 11. Huevos de Pascua / Easter eggs

    Los huevos de Pascua se han convertido en uno de los recuerdos típicos de Rusia Se regalaba en Pascua un huevo pintado y se felicitaban deseándose larga vida y...

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  • 12. Matrioska

    Las matrioskas de origen posiblemente Japonés , nacieron como un juguete que se ha convertido en el símbolo de Rusia y de su cultura.El nombre procede de...

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  • 13. Fireworks in Moscow

    As far as I know, grand-scale ‘official’ fireworks only happen three times a year in Moscow:1) May 9, the Victory Day2) February 23, former the Soviet Army Day,...

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  • 14. May 9th, the Victory Day

    I guess it’s common knowledge by now that May 8th Victory in Europe, WWII, falls on May 9th here because of the time difference.My point was to prove that May...

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  • 15. Matryoshka - Russian typical souvenir

    One of Russian stereotypes -a Matryoshka doll or a Russian nested doll is a set of dolls of decreasing sizes placed one inside another. Its name is a diminutive...

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  • 16. National Holidays

    If you are reading this, you obviously have Internet access. And if you have Internet access, you obviously have an access to information.How does it happen...

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  • 17. Visa

    Unfortunately, people from mayn countries still need a visa for travelling to Russia. The most common visa is the tourist visa. If you are on a package tour the...

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  • 18. Money: Russian Ruble

    Russia is the country of cash, so it is best to pay everything in cash. In the last years the Russian Ruble has been relatively stable, so it is best to pay in...

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  • 19. Changing of the guard

    The tomb of the unknown soldier which is located at the Kremlin Wall near the northern end of the Alexander Gardens is guarded by two soldiers from the...

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  • 20. Expats’ ‘real’ Moscow

    Just read a FT article on Moscow. An average Muscovite would feel thoroughly looked down at, like a curious bacterium in the microscope. For my part, after...

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  • 21. Plaques

    Moscow may be a city that is experimenting (quite wildly) with commercialism and the sort of hedonism long denied its residents under the Soviet régime, but...

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  • 22. Lyublino Estate Musical Fesivals

    The Durasov serf theatre was well-known in Moscow in the 19th century: there were about 100 musicians and actors in his orchestra and in his troupe who studied...

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  • 23. Classical music concerts in Kuskovo

    During the summer the Estate's main palace hosts occasional classical music concerts and festivities, organized by the US and French Embassies, to celebrate...

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  • 24. Russian Brass bands

    You may obviously find and listen to the concert of brass instruments if you visit Arkhangelskoye in week-ends. The audience always delightfully attends...

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  • 25. Russkiye Kacheli

    "Russkiye kachely" means "Russian swing". It's a traditional Russian game for children but not only for them... You may find various Kacheli in the...

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