Dating, regardless if it is with a new acquaintance or your bride to be, gives a wonderful and exciting feeling, of pleasant expectations. The excitement is magnified twice over when one goes on an international date with a foreigner. Ukrainians believes in the saying that one is judged primarily by their physical looks, then by their manners, and then lastly by their intelligence, if at all.
It goes without saying that making that all important first impression is the key to a successful date. Knowing the Ukrainian rules of dating may spell the difference between disaster and success. Today, a great number of women from Europe and the United States have become very liberated. This has greatly changed the manner of dating traditions. However, this is not the case with Ukrainian ladies. Despite their being able to be financial independent, they still welcome romantic attentions and wooing of men.
In fact, they expect it from the men they are seeing. So let us take note of the general rules of Ukrainian dating courtesy practices. Your full understanding of the Ukrainian dating courtesy traditions will go well together with the expectations of your fiance and will get your relationship off to a good start. For instance, you have invited your lady to a dinner date in a great restaurant.
You will have to pick her up or if she prefers it, meet up with you in your hotel. Then you will go together to the restaurant. Of course, you are expected to cover all the expenses including transportation costs, whichever she chooses to take, the bus or a cab. In fact, as you will surely discover, paying for your lady is one of the major Ukrainian dating courtesy traditions. There is one great rule to go by: you pray, I pay. This way you will never make a mistake.
It is not because Ukrainian ladies are poor or greedy. Simply, such is the tradition. If a man courts a lady, he has to cover all their dating expenses. Next tip, a man is always expected to be innately courteous and protective of his lady. Small gestures such as opening doors or helping her in or out of the cab or moving her chair when she sits or stands up from the dining table is expected and noted.
All these things are very important for the Ukrainian dating courtesy traditions. Despite of the Ukrainian ladies' growing independence, femininity is not lost on them and will greatly appreciate gallant gestures from their men. As I have already mentioned above, a lady would expect you to pay for her at the restaurant, cinema or theatre, etc.
In addition, giving her small gifts would also be appropriate. If it is not some big event, you are celebrating, than you may stick with some flowers and candies. However, be careful what flowers you select. In Ukraine you always give your fiancee an odd number of flowers, because the bouquets with even number of flowers are given for the burials only! Furthermore, in Ukraine, yellow symbolizes goodbyes.
If you give yellow flowers to a superstitious lady, she might take this as an omen that the relationship will not prosper. So unless it is your lady love's favorite color, then leave yellow flowers alone.
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