Russian Culture Facts

Russian Culture Facts
Russia's culture includes its traditions and customs, as well as folklore, music, language, art, architecture, ballet, cinema, and food. Early Russian culture was influenced by the pagan beliefs of the East Slavs from Eastern Europe, as well as the Finno-Ugric, nomadic Pontic steppe people, the Varangians, and the Orthodox Christians. Today there are 100 languages spoken in Russia's 160 ethnic groups. In Russia the homeland and family are highly valued. Russia was ruled for over 70 years by the Communist Party until 1991, and is now a semi-presidential republic. Today the country is known as the Russian Federation or just Russia.
Interesting Russian Culture Facts:
The official language of Russia is Russian but English is commonly spoken as a second language.
Three-quarters of the Russian population are orthodox Christian but other religions practiced include Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Protestantism, and Catholicism.
The Russian flag is designed with three equal-height horizontal bands of red, white, and blue, beginning with white at the top and red at the bottom.
Weddings in Russia are usually big events, and romantic love is the only accepted method of coupling. On the wedding day it is tradition for the bride's family to jokingly kidnap the bride and demand a ransom from the groom.
Russia is famous for its nesting dolls, which are several dolls that fit inside each other. They are also called babushka dolls or matryoshka dolls. They were invented in 1890 and appeared at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900. They have become known worldwide since then.
Russian sports include basketball, ice hockey, bandy, football (also known as soccer), and martial arts. The Russians commonly win numerous medals at the Olympics.
Russia has eight public holidays including the New Year, Christmas (January 7th), Defender of the Fatherland Day (Feb 23rd), International Women's Day (March 8th), National Flag Day (Aug. 22nd), Spring and Labour Day, Victory Day (May 9th), Russia Day (June 12th), and Unity Day (November 4th).
Russian culture has a long culinary tradition of dishes featuring potatoes, carrots, cabbage, beets, onions, garlic, meat, sausage, bread, cheese, fruit, mushrooms, and tea.
Alcohol that remains popular in Russian culture includes vodka, champagne, cognac, beer, and wine. Vodka is often used a type of currency. Vodka is always drunk straight.
Feasts are commonly held during parties such as at weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, major purchases, holidays, and special achievements.
Because of Communism, property was state property, but some rules in this regard have begun to change. One of the reasons it is taking a long time is that people in Russia often view privatization as benefiting the rich.
Russia has made great contributions to science and technology, including inventing the periodic table, arc welder, knapsack parachute, the radio, as well as contributing to advances in space exploration.
Ethic Russian clothing includes the srafan and kokoshnik for women, and the kaftan, ushanka, and kosovorotka for men.
Russia has produced some of the most talented and famous ballet dancers in the world including Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and others who have performed at the world famous Bolshoi Ballet and Mariinsky.

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