Traveling, for some people, is about taking a break from stress at work, for others, it is to experience and see new things. However, it is important to know that when visiting a new place, a new culture, different people, and a whole different life, there are things that we shouldn’t do. If we want to be good guests, we have to familiarize ourselves with the proper etiquette of the country we are visiting.
smartzune.com to help new and already seasoned travelers with 15 things you shouldn’t do, in hopes they help you to not get into trouble, so you can enjoy your well-deserved vacation!
1. Don’t give an even number of flowers in Russia.
Even number of flowers in Russian tradition means death. You will never find two flowers in the photographs or paintings of Russian artists (the reason I used paintings Russian artist Dmitry Sevryukov in this post). An even number of flowers is brought to the cemeteries and memorials to honor the dead. In ancient Russia only victims of the war, who defended motherland were given two flowers: “one – to the dead one, the other – to God.” Now all the dead are honored with even number of flowers. To a living person in Russia should give flowers in odd numbers – 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, etc, depending on the budget. What about the European countries, the U.S. and some eastern states – exactly opposite.
In Russia, as well as in quite a few Eastern European countries, giving an even number of flowers is considered very offensive and inappropriate. An even number is given only at funerals, so if you don’t want to offend someone, give them an odd number of flowers!
Gift bouquet in modern Russia obeys simple rules: “up to a dozen odd”, ie the number of colors matters if there are three, five, seven, nine or eleven. Even number of ten or fewer stems custom to bring a sign of mourning at the funeral. If the bouquet is twelve and more colors, their number bears no semantic meaning. In sign language, each number has its own meaning, and it can be used, which would give the correct meaning of flowers. So, if you give one flower, it means that the person you are giving it is the only and one for you. Giving three flowers can express his desire to leave with a loved one on the edge of the world. Well, five, means “I love you.” Few people know that earlier the seven flowers were given only on the day of engagement. Three flowers is a sign of respect, recognition, 7 flowers – a sign of adoration, 9 flowers – I’m at your feet …