Add to favorite
 
123
Subscribe to our Newsletters Subscribe to our Newsletters Get Daily Updates RSS


Forgotten Russian Traditions
January 20, 2019 11:02


For the Russian people, the historical heritage is very significant. The traditions of the Russians have been evolving over the centuries. For ages, the Russian folk traditions and customs have been observed both among the villagers and the townspeople. However, some of them have been mostly forgotten.
Drinking Ivan-Tea instead of Ceylon Tea
Ivan-Tea, or the Great Willow Herb, to name it scientifically, is an amazing but undeservedly forgotten herb. This drink was widely used in Russia as a powerful energy booster.
A samovar with Ivan-Tea always stood on the dinner table and was like a life blood for the strength to do hard physical work for a whole day long. In times of famine, Ivan-Tea could sustain the peasants.
Welcome to a Russian Family Dinner
Giving Birth at Home instead of Maternity Hospitals
In Old Russia, women preferred to give birth to babies at home, and even better - in the warmth of a steam bath-house (banya) and away from prying eyes. According to popular folk beliefs, to facilitate childbirth, the woman in labor should be unbelted, have her braids untied, and jewelry taken off. All the chests, cabinets, windows and doors in the house had to be opened. The midwife helped the mothers in labor, and they did this not during the delivery process only, but also managed the household for 8 days after.
A Taste Of Dacha Life: Home Visit
Celebrating Namedays and not Birthdays
Nameday celebration was one of the cultural traditions of Old Russia. However, in the 1920s-1930s, the celebration of the Nameday (a saint’s day) was announced by the Communist power to be an obsolete religious custom and even subject to official persecution. So eventually people began to prefer birthday celebrations, and not their saints’ days. Thus the nature of the holiday was changed, with the emphasis on the physical and not spiritual birth. In Old Russia, the Nameday was celebrated with a morning prayer, followed with tea drinking parties.
Read about Russian holidays
Russian Souvenirs Online

Banya as a Significant Ritual
Every important event in the family used to be accompanied with going to the steam bath house. For example, when a young man decided to marry, his mother would arrange a bath day and invite the future daughter-in-law to participate. That is how a caring mother could estimate the girl's health, character and endurance, as the mother of the future generation was welcomed to the family.

Another forgotten banya tradition was steaming and hitting oneself with twigs in the hay. Nowadays that has been substituted with using aromatherapy in the steam bath. But how can anything replace the smell of freshly mowed grass and real essential oils of meadow grasses?
Read about traditional Russian banya (steam bath) 
Flowers Delivery to Russia
Drinking Bread Wine instead of Vodka
Russian bread wine (polugar) is a strong alcoholic drink, which was used by our ancestors before the invention of vodka. It was made by distilling the grain home brew. That wine is called bread wine because it needs cereals for its preparation: rye, barley, wheat, buckwheat, etc.
By the way, according to the production technology, bread wine is no different from whiskey. However, connoisseurs say that it tastes much better. 
Top 5 Native Russian Drinks You Should Try
Vodka Tasting And Evening Canal Cruise In St Petersburg




Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Russian Customs Russian Traditions Russian Banya   

Next Previous

You might also find interesting:

Salient Features of the Russian National Character Values of Russian ulture Household Furnishing and Utensils of the Old Russians Kolt Enigmatic Old Russian Ornament The Russian Tradition of Easter Eggs









Comment on our site


RSS   twitter      submit



TAGS:
Moscow Stock Exchange  Mineralnye Vody  Theatre Festivals  Regional Cuisines  Murmansk Museums  St. Petersburg  Vika Lomasko  Dumplings  Victor Tsoi  protest actions  Russian oil and gas industry   Moscow  Roman Abramovich  Alexander Volkov  Parliament in Action  bus crash  Novosibirsk  Russian tourism  Russian exhibitions  Russian ballet dancers  Ceramics  Old Russian Ornaments  Russian law  Transaero  Russian New Year  Russian scientists  Russian science  Vorobyevy Hills  Perm  Russian International  Bolshoi  Russian Cinema  Wild Nature of Russia  Russian advertising market  Russian business  Easter Eggs  concerts in Russia  Zinaida Serebryakova  Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia  Russian economy  US sanctions  Wi-Fi in Public Transport  accident  Events in Moscow  Russian Actresses  Aeroexpress  Andrey Zvyagintsev  Exhibitions in Moscow  Norman Format  LUKoil  


Travel Blogs
Top Traveling Sites