Younger urban Russians have adopted a more Western outlook on life.Meeting and Greeting Adapted from material compiled by Window on the World, a cross-cultural training and consulting firm. In Ukraine it is not a custom to shake hands with a woman. To keep apartments clean, most hosts will provide you with a pair of slippers. On public transportation, give your seat to mothers with children, the elderly, or the infirm. At the entrance of upscale restaurants, expect that your coat, briefcase or baggage will be checked. Have business cards printed in Ukrainian on one side and English on the other. When eating dinner at someone's home, casual dress is accepted. If you bring flowers, make sure it is an uneven number (even are for funerals) of flowers. Be ready to give toasts at dinner, for guests are often asked to do so. Offer to share your snacks and cigarettes with those around you. Be prepared to accept all food and drink offered you when visiting friends. Ukrainians are known for their generosity when it comes to feeding others. (Yes it is a custom in the Ukraine to send uneven numbers of flowers Because in there Culture the even number of flowers is usually given to someone as a sign of your condolence (Most bring such Bouquets to a funeral) and this could upset your lady or she might not like it One should be also careful with presenting yellow flowers as this color has falseness meaning. Be prepared to remove your shoes upon entering a home. Ukrainian Flower Etiquette If you bring flowers, make sure it is an uneven number of flowers and also make sure when you send flowers to your lady that they are uneven to.Also, never buy yellow roses (can signal a decrease in feelings or the end of a relationship). - Ukrainian citizens do not share the altruistic "looks aren't important" mentality that has spread through the West. You will notice that on the street, people will look first at your clothes, then at your face. If, on the other hand, you grew up watching ballet, it might sound wonderful.Why do women from Ukraine and Russia want a foreign husband?
There are clear gender definitions in Russia and if you are an independent soul, you might find them slightly offensive, though as most traditions they are just that – traditions.
Originally based on material contained in the "Put Your Best Foot Forward" series of books by Mary Murray Bosrock.
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It is what people are used to and therefore doesn’t necessary reflect on, or read any meaning into.
Read on to find out more about how that all plays out. The men in Russia will pour your wine, pay the bill for the date and walk you home to make sure you are safe.