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Russian Superstitions and Traditions

written by: pantera182
People around the world have different beliefs and fears. Learn about some of the most common Russian superstitions and traditions.

Question 1:

What should be done according to a Russian superstition when someone has left the house and gone on a long journey?
Their radio or TV should not be turned off until they come back.
An extra dish is left on the table.
Their room and their possessions should not be cleaned up until they have arrived.
Their room should be locked up so that nobody would enter.

Question 2:

There is a Russian tradition of spitting three times to chase away bad luck, similar to knocking on wood. Where should one spit?
In front of their feet
Over their left shoulder
Through their crossed fingers
Over their right shoulder

Question 3:

What should one do on examination day in order not to chase away good luck according to Russian superstition?
One should not wear anything new.
All of these
One should not make their bed.
One should not cut their nails.

Question 4:

What kind of presents are considered to be taboo according to Russian superstition?
Sharp objects
Baby clothes
Black objects

Question 5:

Where shouldn't unmarried people sit if they don't want to stay single for a long time according to Russian superstition?
At a crossroad
At the corner of the table
Under an oak tree
Under the table

Question 6:

What should a stranger say when seeing a baby less that an year old according to Russian tradition?
'May you grow tall and healthy!'
'May God guide your way!'
'Oh, what an ugly child!'
They should not speak or smile

Question 7:

How is a latecomer 'punished' in Russian traditions?
They are seated away from the table.
They are forced to drink a full glass of alcohol.
They are forbidden to take off their coat.
They are not allowed to sit.

Question 8:

What will happen very soon if the cat is washing its face according to Russian beliefs?
Guests will come.
Somebody will die.
Someone will get pregnant.
It is going to rain.

Question 9:

What does sneezing while talking mean according to Russian superstition?
The sneezing person will receive money soon.
They will be healthy and will live long.
The person is telling the truth.
The sneezing person is lying.

Question 10:

What will happen if a fork or a spoon falls on the ground according to Russian superstition?
The person who dropped it will have to work very hard.
A female guest will come.
The crops will be abundant.
A male child will be born in the house.


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