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28 common superstitions in Russia

20 October 2021
28 common superstitions in Russia

Do you know that Russian life is full of traditions and not-logical and irrational superstitions that play very important role in daily life of Russians. You will be surprised how not just private everyday life filled with it, but also business routine and etiquette cannot be separated from local customs and superstition. You will need to know them in order to avoid awkward situations and don’t make “fatal” mistake communicating with Russian friends and business partners.

1. Birthday cannot be celebrated only on or after actual birthday, never before.

2. Never look at broken mirror. If you break mirror, you will have 7 year of bad luck

3. On examination day, never wear anything new – it will bring bad luck

4. If somebody accidentally stepped on your foot, it is common for the person who was stepped on to lightly step on the foot of the person who stepped first. It is said that they thus avoid a future conflict.

5. It is bad luck to talk about future success. It is considered better to be silent until the success has been achieved or to even sound pessimistic.

6. Returning home for forgotten things is a bad luck.  If you have to return, look to the mirrow and smile. Otherwise the journey will be bad.

7. In Russian never give sharp objects, like knives or scissors, as gifts.

8. Unmarried people should never sit at the corner of the table.  Otherwise they will not marry.

9. A woman with empty water buckets coming towards you is considered a bad luck.

10. Two or more people should never use one towel at the same time to dry their hands or bodies, or it is said to bring conflict.

11. It's good luck to trip on your left foot, and bed luck to trip on right foot.

12. You should not shake hands or give something through a threshold.

13. Never whistle in a house – you will have no money

14. If you feel ears or cheeks are hot, someone is thinking or talking about you (usually speaking ill).

15. If your nose itches, you'll be drinking soon.

16. If your right hand itches, you're going to meet somebody soon.

17. If your left hand itches, you will get money.

18. If you have the hiccups, someone is remembering you at this moment.

19. If a fork or spoon falls on the ground, expect a female guest. If a knife falls, expect a male guest.

20. If someone is not recognized when seen or heard, he or she will be rich. So if someone calls you on the phone and you don't recognize them you can cheer them up by telling them they'll be rich.

21. If someone was talking about you before you entered the room, then you will live a long and rich life.

22. If you spill salt, it's bad luck and is said to bring conflict, but no one will throw salt over their left shoulder.

23. If someone sneezes while telling something, it means he or she is telling the truth.

24. If bird defecate on you or your property (commonly cars), it's good luck, and may bring you riches.

25. If you find a pay leaf in your soup while eating, it means you'll get mail from someone.

26. If you wear clothes (such as an undershirt) inside out, you will get beaten.

27. Accidentally breaking a glass is considered good luck.

28. If you have ringing in one of your ears, ask someone which ear is ringing. If they guessed right, you should both make a wish.

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