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Learn More about the Traditions, Art, and History of Russia

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Russian culture is rich, spanning centuries of Russian history. Russian culture encompasses art, food, traditions, literature, attitudes and more. The culture of Russia is both a point of pride for Russians themselves and a major draw for travelers who plan trips to Russia.

Russian Culture in Photos

Russian Peasant Girl with Bread
© Oleg Filipchuk

Russian culture is visually stunning, from its colorful folk costumes to its elaborate religious symbols. Those interested in traveling to Russia or Russian culture in general will benefit from knowing what the Russian flag looks like, how a samovar works, and who Alexander Pushkin was.

Russian Tea Culture

Russian Tea
CC BY-NC-SA Laura Appleyard

Russian tea culture has long and interesting history. Learn more about Russian tea terms and serving devices.

Russian Nesting Dolls

Firebird Matryoshka
iStockphoto/kodobist

Russian nesting dolls, or matryoshka dolls, are usually painted to depict smiling women in lace shawls. They are popular souvenirs for travelers to Russia. Russian nesting dolls can also be painted with themes out of Russian culture. For example, some matryoshka dolls show the images of Orthodox cathedrals or scenes from Russian fairy tales.

Russian Vodka

Vodka Matryushka
iStockphoto/knotsmaster

Vodka is the famed national alcoholic beverage of Russia. It makes cameo appearances in Russian literature, it is a regular attendee of Russian celebrations, makes jokeworthy slaves out of those lacking willpower, and its soothing manner encourages conversation.

Russian Easter

Russian Easter
iStockphoto/big-dan

Easter is one of the two most important holidays in Russia. Russian culture of old has mingled with more modern religious culture to create a hybrid of the two, which can be seen in the tradition of decorating eggs. Also view photos of Russian Easter.

Red in Russian Culture

Soviet Flag
CC BY-NC-SA philster02188

How important is the color red in Russian culture? Learn about the color red's significance and how the original Russian word enjoyed a dual meaning.

Russian Souvenirs

Khokhloma Plate
Kerry Kubilius, licensed to About.com

From military memorabilia to jewelry and home decor made from semiprecious stones, Russian souvenirs allow travelers to Russia to bring pieces of Russian culture back home with them to share with friends and family.

Russian Lacquer Boxes

Russian Lacquer Box
Kerry Kubilius, licensed to About.com

Russian lacquer boxes feature images that are integral to Russian culture, including scenes from Russian folk tales, historic figures, and replicas of famous Russian artwork. These boxes, lovingly painted by skilled craftspeople, easily become treasured souvenirs.

Russia Christmas Traditions

Christmas Nesting Dolls
iStockphoto/DepthofField

Christmas in Russia follows New Year's. Ded Moroz, the Russian Santa Claus, visits good children, and those who are religious may attend church services.

St. Basil's Cathedral

St. Basil's Cathedral at Night
iStockphoto/shipov

Its distinctively colorful onion domes and its location on Red Square makes St. Basil's Cathedral one of the most famous emblems of Russia.

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