Russian bath house is a unique phenomenon in itself. For tourists, it is one of the most colorful memories of Russia. Residents of other countries will not even come to mind doing such things, which in the bath do the Russians!
They pour on hot stones any liquid that is at hand
Naturally, hot stones are better to pour cold water. But Russians often take with themselves in a bathhouse for these purposes various odorous herbal infusions — coniferous, eucalyptus, juniper. They can also use different cold drinks such as kvass or even beer.
After the steam room, Russian jump in a pond
This tradition has existed in Russia for a long time: jumping out of the steam room Russian rush into the nearest lake, river or pond. (in any weather)
They use alcoholic drinks in the bath house
Russians often go to the bathhouse, having an impressive supply of beer and vodka. However, doctors drink alcohol in the bath categorically do not recommend: It gives a serious load on the cardiovascular system. In addition, alcohol will not fill the body’s loss of liquid as a result of excessive sweating. It is better to use as a drink herbal teas, juices or at least kvass.
They eat in the bath house
Going to the bathhouse, especially in the company, the Russians often arrange a feast: fried chicken, potatoes, salads.
The Russians are beating each other with veniks
Many do not understand that for pleasure in beating themselves and each other bath brooms: it is perceived almost as an act of violence… But for Russians it is normal.
They use the Russian bath house for medical purposes
For centuries in Russia were treated with the help of a bath: it was believed that after the bath all the ailments go out of the body. It is practiced in our days, at least in the countryside.
They love the high temperature
For Russian than hotter in the sauna, the better. Of course, this applies only to hobbyists. But most Russians in the bath like high temperature.
The bath serves Russians more for socializing and for leisure
In Russia in a bathhouse go to talk to each other, discuss some things and, of course, relax. Russians are quite able to celebrate in the bath and New Year, and birthday, and even the wedding. Very often in baths or saunas are held corporate parties of Russian companies.