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RUSSOMANIA Wedding in St.Petersburg

There are hundreds of wedding traditions which are supposed to bring love and happiness into newborn family.
There are Russia wide traditions and St.Petersburg traditions. In St.Petersburg there are several places in the city centre the couple is supposed to visit and to do special things there. Near to the monument to Peter the Great they have to make three circles around it. Near to the Neva river they are to drink glass of champaign and break it.
The most popular and prominent Russian wedding tradition. For the first toast people usually drink Champagne, and after the first sip somebody says "Gor'ko!" ("Bitter!"); it means the vine is bitter. All guests together start to shout "Gor'ko! Gor'ko!" To make the vine sweet, the newlywed couple must kiss each other. They must stand up and kiss each other for as long as possible, and all the guests start counting "1, 2, 3, 4 , 5..." while they are kissing. If the couple was not kissing long enough, the guests can insist that the vine is still bitter, and request another kiss. This happens after almost every following toast, so the couple has lots of kissing during the wedding.

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