HL01. Russian Hospitality 4n
Seller: Russian Crafts, St. Petersburg, Russia
In Russian society it is not considered rude to drop in unannounced at a friend's home, even at suppertime. The host is glad to share the meal. The Russian expression for hospitality, "khlebosol stvo" comes from two words, "khleb" (bread) and "sol" (salt). To offer bread is to honor a guest who, in old Russia, was also given a wooden salt dish. Spreading butter on the bread and sprinkling some salt on top is still a popular way to begin a meal in Russia. A thoughtful host also keeps a "samovar," an urn for hot water, ready for the arrival of unexpected guests.