If there is a child in the house, it is appropriate to provide him/her with a small gift as well. - Flowers play a much more important role in Ukraine than they do in the West. If you meet your lady's family, be sure to bring flowers to her mother.
Old Fashioned Dating Customs One will find that most Ukrainian women, in Odessa and all other cities in Ukraine, are modern thinking, though they do follow some dating customs which may be considered old-fashioned by Western standards.
An icon is traditionally a Byzantine-style portrait on several mediums, representing a person or an event of Christian history or scenes from the Bible.
Icons serve to preserve the doctrinal teachings of the Church.
In the Orthodox Church icons are venerated with the understanding that veneration is not paid to the material icon but to the person or event represented “in spirit and truth” (John 4: 24).
Veneration (σεβασμός) is a reverence (ευλάβεια), honor (τιμή) of love (αγάπη) or recognition “paid to all those endowed with some dignity” as portrayed on an icon.
Catholics need to be mindful who they ask out, so it's best to get to know each other a fair bit before that first date.
A few telephone conversations or socializing within a group enables a couple to learn more about one another in a very casual way.
Men should not take off their jackets unless asked to do so. In Orthodox churches women wear scarves or hats, and men take off their hats. Don't put your thumb between your first two fingers - this is a very rude gesture.
Close in definition, the differences when applied to art treasures can be catastrophic.
Consider the botched effort to “restore” Elías García Martínez’s 120-year-old fresco “Ecce Homo” which had deteriorated from humidity in the church of Santuario de Misericordia of Borja in northeastern Spain.
They are an integral part of Orthodox faith and devotion.
They have a sacramental character, making present to the believer the person or event depicted on them.
Typically, I must compensate for losses or disfigurement using conservation grade materials.