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Zdorovje

A very popular toast in Russia - also "no Zdorovje" - which means "to health" in German. This refers above all to the national drink vodka, which is traditionally drunk from a water glass on every occasion in Russia. Immediately after sipping, you have to bite into something salty or spicy or immediately start eating, during which the whole procedure has to be repeated. For Russians, drinking the first glass of vodka is a significant and deeply intimate act. Everyone performs it in a special way, with their own gestures and words. If you are late for a celebration, you are "punished". You get a big glass of vodka. The glass has no foot, so it cannot be put down and must be drunk. Maybe that's why Russians are often not so punctual?

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