The most popular Russian superstition
• The most popular Russian superstition
According to a survey by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) in October 2015, 50 percent of Russians hold superstitions. Here are the most popular.
1. Give only an odd number of flowers.
If you go on a date, necessarily in a bouquet should be an odd number of flowers. Because an even number of flowers are only at the cemetery.
2. Do not wear clothes inside out.
According to the superstition, if you wear clothes inside out, you can be beaten. But when this happens, immediately get dressed and have someone hit you on the back - a symbolic act will save you from this beating.
3. Do not come back, if you're halfway there.
Do not go back if you realize that you have forgotten something at home or something could happen to you. However, if you really need to get back to you, look in the mirror before leaving the house.
4. Do not shake hands across the threshold.
When you visit a person and open the door, your emotions can play a cruel joke. You do not need to shake hands or kiss the host on the threshold - you can disturb the peace of the spirit that lives there.
5. Do not give sharp objects.
Do not give your friends scissors or a knife, otherwise you will quarrel with them. If you want to give opener, you need to get him some money, for example, the ruble.
6. Make a wish, if you are between people with the same name.
After meeting with all the guests of the party try to sit on a table between two people with the same name. It should not be too difficult, because the most popular names are very common. Take a seat between two Sashami, fiefs or Mashami and make a wish. But do not tell anyone about it, otherwise it will not come true.
7. Pay attention to the salt.
Do not wake up the salt on the table, otherwise it can lead to conflict. If this happens, take a pinch of salt over your left shoulder and then things should go well.
8. Do not eat with a knife.
It is doubtful that you do it in someone else's home, but you should not do it at home. You become angry and may cause injury.
9. If someone wishes you good luck, do not thank him.
For example, at the wish of "no fluff no pen" do not say "thank you." The correct answer is, "To hell".
10. Do not leave empty bottles on the table.
When all the spilled drinks, you have to remove the bottle from the table immediately. This tradition comes from the Napoleonic wars. After the war, in Paris in 1814 Russian Cossacks estimated that payment for the number of drinks that are paid in local restaurants, is based on the number of bottles on the table. And the Cossacks hid the bottles under the table.