10. Whistling in the house
Every single Russian knows about this omen, even those who aren’t superstitions. Whistling in the house isn’t done (which I’ve done), according to the popular belief, it bring the wind to the home, which is believed to take away one’s wealth. Russian sailors have always avoided whistling as they believe that it could bring on storm.
9. The threshold of the house is the territory of evil
You must not stand on the threshold of a house or apartment, and you must not hug across it or hand anything across it. The ancient Slavs considered threshold as the territory of evil. The matter of fact is that in ancient times the ashes of ancestors were kept under the threshold of the house; and harassing them was considered extremely dangerous.
8. Spit on or knock on the wood
When Russian people are afraid of putting the ‘evil eye’, i.e. to bring misfortune in words or actions, they knock on the wood so as not to miss the fortune. To avert disaster, a person should spit three times over the left shoulder or to knock the wood. By the way, if there is no wood stuff near, a considerable amount of Russians will knock on their own heads with a smile, saying that it has the same effect .
7. Do not carry an empty bucket
If you see a person with an empty bucket or cart it’s considered to be a bad omen. Russians believe that if you meet a person with an empty bucket, the day will not be successful. That is why the street cleaners always put some equipment (brooms, rakes) in their carts. You need to keep out the way of the person with an empty bucket or to cross the street – otherwise it can scare your luck away.
6. Look in the mirror, if you had to go back home.
Coming back (such as, if you forgot something) is considered a harbinger of bad luck. Therefore if after leaving the house if a Russian discovers they have forgotten something, they will first decide whether it is something they really need, and if it is, they will go back, but will make a point of looking in a mirror. This is another trick to deceive an evil omen.
5. Avoid Black Cats in your Path
A black cat signifies evil, and the Russian superstition says it will bring you failure to your business. If you see a black cat, you have a couple of options – roll your left shoulder over 3 times; bless yourself with sign of the cross; or wait for somebody else to pass the black cat before you, and takes the bad luck with them.
4. Rain at the Wedding
If it rains at your wedding, don’t feel bad, it means you will be rich. It’s the same if a bird poops on your head (guess I’m going to be rich).
3. Don’t give her a dozen of red roses (an even number)
Any girl from Russia loves roses. . See they believe in Russia that the way you treat flowers is how you are going to treat your woman. Giving a bunch of roses should be a pleasant experience, as well as receiving them, because a bouquet brings some special charm, and such moments stay in memory for a long time.
2. “Oh my dear Lord, your baby is astonishingly ugly!”
Not so in Russia!
Owing to a superstitious belief that is at least a few millennia old, Russians are convinced that a young baby is not to be allowed to be complimented by anyone, especially a stranger, or else evil forces will possess the precious bundle of joy and rob it of the very same qualities it had been complimented on
1. Rub a Bronze Dog’s nose