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I'm in need of someone I can ask questions about ordinary life in Russia.  I'm sorry for being so ignorant, but one thing I do love about LJ is that it gives me an opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures.

As an example, right now what I'm needing to know is:

1) What kind of holidays are traditionally celebrated, and are any celebrated with gift-giving? 

2) Are gifts given for birthdays? 

3) How are birthdays celebrated? (like we have cake and ice cream here, so is there some type of traditional meal/dinner or sweets?)

4) Are there any 'coming of age' special celebrations?

5) Is Christmas celebrated?

6) What would a typical team sport be that boys and girls would play in high school (basketball, baseball, soccer/football?)

7) At what age would the average person learn to drive?

These are the kinds of questions I have.  If anyone knows of a good source - book, website, magazine - that would be great too.

I can guess who stars....

Date: 2010-07-23 01:04 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] shezan.livejournal.com

Re: I can guess who stars....

Date: 2010-07-23 10:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hpstrangelove.livejournal.com
:-) Yup, needing to get started on my research. I hate not getting details right.

Date: 2010-07-23 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maderr.livejournal.com

I def can't help, but [livejournal.com profile] rykaine and [livejournal.com profile] thornsilver definitely could :3

Date: 2010-07-23 10:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hpstrangelove.livejournal.com
Thanks so much. I appreciate you pointing me toward them.

Date: 2010-07-23 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hotchikk.livejournal.com
Recommend asking Vashtan.

Date: 2010-07-23 10:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hpstrangelove.livejournal.com
Thanks so much - I'll definitely ask.

Date: 2010-07-23 09:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nyxelestia.livejournal.com
Might want to try posing these questions on [livejournal.com profile] little_details. It's an entire comm dedicated to asking very specific and otherwise inane questions like this for the purpose of fictional accuracy. :D

Date: 2010-07-23 10:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hpstrangelove.livejournal.com
Thanks for the suggestion; I'll check it out.

Date: 2010-07-23 12:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vashtan.livejournal.com
Seconded. Also there's a comm called "learn_russian" or "learnrussian" (currently at work and can't check) - people there are happy to help with cultural questions - and friendly.

Date: 2010-07-23 12:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hpstrangelove.livejournal.com
Great - that sounds perfect. Thank you.

Date: 2010-07-23 01:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lettie13.livejournal.com
From what I know and remember:

1. I don't really know them all. Only the once we share. There are New Year, Christmas( January the 7th), 8th of March, 1st and 9th of May.
Then there St.Valentines Day, Halloween (they are not national holidays, just we like to selebrate them).
There a lot I've probably forgotten. I'll ask my friends.

2. Yes.

3. Like you want. But basically all family comes togeter and celebrates. With gifts, cakes and candles. There are varations. Usually teenagers celebrate first with their family, thenn with friends. But that the basic.

4. Not really. Only if you want to. It's just basically a birthday.

5. Yes, on the 7th of January. That's a National holiday.

6. From what I know they don't pay so much attention to the sport like they do in US for example. For most schools it's basically just P.E. I think soccer and basketball, volleyball and some sort of martial arts( but not at school, some sort of club or with friends)

7. You have to be at least 16 to be able to learn to drive with instuctor from driving school. But you can start reading the books whenever you want.
And 18 to get driving lisence, and while it's not unheard of to buy the driving lisence, by the law you have to pass 2 exams to get it.
Then there was a talk about changing the law that you have to graduate from the driving school to get a lisence.
You can lear how to ride a motocycle at 14.
That's all I know.
I'll ask around and tell you more.
Most of my friends live in Russia. I know Russian( 2nd language in my country) so if you have questions, I'll help you anytime.

Date: 2010-07-23 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hpstrangelove.livejournal.com
Wow, thank you - that helps so much. I find 'ordinary' family-life in other countries fascinating. I always wonder what a typical day is like, how similar and how different it is to ours in the States.

No team sports is going to give me problems. I'm needing an activity where students from one school would travel to another town/school to compete. If there aren't organized team sports, I wonder if there'd be something else, like an academic competition?

Thanks again. I'm always afraid of asking the wrong thing, that I'll end up insulting someone's culture without meaning to. (Asking about Christmas holidays has always been sensitive because I know everyone doesn't celebrate it.)

Date: 2010-07-23 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lettie13.livejournal.com
Well, they shouldn't be so very different. That depends on the family.

There are. Just not schools have it. Ordinary schools that's it. There are special schools if you're interested in sports. Or some sort of clubs. No they do go and compete all the time. But they are not commected to schools. It's some sort of extra activity. Pretty popular among parent when their children are small.
+ there are no middle school, high school, etc. Everybody from 7 to 18 are educated in one school, one building even. You don't have the same classes everyday. You don't choose what classes you can take( only foreign language, if there is an option). School year starts on September, 1. There 4 quarters. 11 years of school.
If you want I could find my old schedule.
Every year there is a competition of some sort. Academic subjects. It's mot mandatory, not really. You can choose only one subject. First it's school competition( only in big schools), then urban district, then city(or region town's small). If you've managed to win a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or even 4 place, you have a change to go to the whole federation competition. ( I'll ask about steps some more). It's very prestigious to win those, gives you advantage when enroling into the university. Then there is also international competitions.

You can selebrate it here. It's just not made into the national holiday. As long as don't mess with other people's lives.

Date: 2010-07-23 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hpstrangelove.livejournal.com
The competition and club thing is good to know.

I need to have a reason for my character to be away from his hometown when an accident happens there. I sort of 'faked' it in one of my stories and had him participating in a basketball tournament, but I had no idea if they even played tournaments in Russia like I think of them here in the States. I just associate tournaments with school, although there are private organizations which have team sports too, now that I think of it.

I really wanted something realistic, but it sounds as if he could have been playing for a sports club rather than for school, so maybe I wasn't too far off the mark.

The school set-up sounds fascinating. Do students then take subjects based on their ability rather than age? That actually would be so much better than what they do here. My poor son keeps getting shoved into the next grade, even though I think he'd benefit by being kept back a year.

Date: 2010-07-23 04:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lettie13.livejournal.com
Now that I think about it it also could be town's team. They do that a lot some things like training camps( I don't know how to call it in english), unofficial matches, some sort of competition, etc.

Clubs are better. In my opinion.

You wouldn't think so, if you were here. No unless you screw up really bad nobody will let you to repeat a year. It's mostly based on your age( but even then there are loop-holes). For the most part they don't really care if the child will need this subject or if he or she will understand it. It's a standart, everybody has to follow it. If it's written in plan that you have to take it course, there is virtually nothing you can do to get out of it.
Besides, there are no "A" or "B", and no real GPA. "5" - exelent, "4" - good, "3" - satisfactory, "2" - bad( or fail), "1" - even worse, but teachers use it less ans less nowadays. They really only need your GPA when you apply for the university or college. By the way college is not the same as university. It provides professional education, and you can enrol there after th 9th grade. In school there are 2 major types of exams: after 9th grade and after 11th.

Date: 2011-01-31 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ensnarryed.livejournal.com
1) What kind of holidays are traditionally celebrated, and are any celebrated with gift-giving? New Year's, Christmas (Jan 7th), Feb. 23 (Army Appreciation Day^^), Easter (varies every year, but usu. in April-May, sometimes coincides with Catholic Easter), May 9 (WWII Victory Day) are some.

2) Are gifts given for birthdays? Yes.

3) How are birthdays celebrated? (like we have cake and ice cream here, so is there some type of traditional meal/dinner or sweets?) A traditional family get-together (in large families). Lots of presents (if the birthdayer is a child), cake with candles. Nowadays - whatever the birthday boy (or girl) wants. ;)

4) Are there any 'coming of age' special celebrations? Not sure.

5) Is Christmas celebrated? Yes. January 7th.

6) What would a typical team sport be that boys and girls would play in high school (basketball, baseball, soccer/football?) Soccer (though it's called 'football' in all of Europe and in Africa too, I think).

7) At what age would the average person learn to drive? Err....16, I think. o_O

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