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3... 2... 1... GO! Peculiar Fact About Russian People #1 - Russian people do not smile 😶
If you walk in the street in Russia, you will probably think that Russians are very unhappy. As most of them will have gloomy face expressions, and if you smile at someone, this person will look pretty nervous and try to avoid eye contact. Please don't think that Russians are impolite or not happy to see you visiting their country. This is just the matter of culture.
One version says that Russian people do not smile because of the rigorous climate. Just think about it - when you don't see much sun throughout the year, and for half a year you have to wear super warm clothes, you get a bit tired to smile at every person you meet. Kind of need to keep more good energy for your family and close friends😉
Another, deeper theory tells that in Russian culture a smile does not really symbolize politeness. It is intended to show that something really good has happened to a person and he is very happy about it. Seeing you in the street is a good thing, but not something to be excessively happy about, right? 😀
Still if you are used to being smiley - don't restrain your temper in Russia! We need more smiles here :) #10factsaboutrussians #10days10facts #smiles #gloomyrussians #whyrussiansdontsmile #culture #traditions #society #fact #people #habits