Everyday superstitions are very common in Russia and there is a long list of things to be aware of, as you could be perceived as being rude if you do or do not do certain things.
Here are 15 examples of everyday superstitions in Russia.
1. Never sit at the edge of a table if you are unmarried
Unmarried women must never sit at the edge of a table as it means they will not get married. You can be sure that a married russian will quickly exchange his or her seat with you if you sit at the edge of a table as an unmarried woman.
2. Do not whistle at home
Whistling at home causes financial problems. If you do, you will probably get the phrase: “Do not whistle. You will not have money.”
3. When you leave the house for a journey, do not return
It’s bad luck, if you leave your house to go on a journey, but return to the house, because you have forgotten something. As a rule, you will try to avoid returning home, but if it is absolutely impossible not to return, you must look in the mirror before going out again. It’s a way to cheat evil.
4. Never greet people over the doorstep
When visiting people in Russia, you should always wait shaking their hand or hug those you visit until you cross the door frame and step into their home. It is said that demons are staying in the door frame and this is a bad place.
5. Do not hand over money in the evening
You should never hand over money in the evening. If you can not wait until the next day, you have to put the money on the floor, where the recipient will collect the money. Some people never hand over money directly from hand to hand (also during the day) and will always put the money on the table where they will be collected by the recipient.
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6. Do not leave empty bottles on the table
When emptying a bottle, place it on the floor immediately. It is considered bad luck to have empty bottles standing on the table.
7. Always give an odd number of flowers
When you buy a bouquet of flowers to a girlfriend, family member or friend in connection with a happy event, there must always be an odd number of flowers in the bouquet. When you want to put flowers on tombstones, you would need an equal number of flowers.
8. Never step over another person
If you step over a person lying down or sitting down, it means that they will stop growing. However, if you do step over a person, you can hurry to step back over the person to prevent the curse.
9. Two people with the same name can give you luck
If you find yourself together with two people with the same name, you can place yourself between them and make a wish. However, it may be that the two people will get a little annoyed as you deprive some of their luck in order to get your wish fulfilled.
10. Never eat of a knife
There is quite a lot of superstition associated with cutlery. It is said that if you eat of a knife, you will become evil.
11. Dropping cutlery can tell you who will visit you
If you drop a knife, a man will be visiting. If you drop a fork, a woman will be visiting.
12. Hold on a button when you see a black cat
A black cat crossing the road is a bad sign in many places in the world, and there are many variations of what to do to save yourself from the bad energy that this causes. In Russia, you should hold on to a button on your shirt or jacket.
13. Never sew clothes that you wear
You put on a shirt and find out that there is a small hole. Sometimes it may be easier to sew the hole while still wearing the shirt, but it is not possible in Russia, as it means bad luck.
14. You must always sit down before going on a journey
Before going out the door and going on a longer trip or journey, always sit down and be silent for a minute. It’s a way to make sure your trip is going to go well and lets you think about whether you’ve remembered everything (so you will not have to return, see superstition no. 4)
15. Never give knives, watches or scarves as a gift
Scarves mean tears, knives are a sign of hostility and watches mean that you are going to part. If you absolutely want to give one of these things a gift to someone, then the recipient will usually give you a coin to create the illusion of buying the item from you.
There are a lot of these type of superstitions and the ones that I have mentioned in this blogpost are far from all that exist in Russia. Hear me talk more about some of the superstitions in this blogpost and others in my podcast: Meanwhile in Russia m. Adil
Did you know about some of these superstitions before? Do you have anything similar in your culture? Write a comment about what everyday superstitions you have in your culture!