Very popular toast used in Russia - also "no Zdorowje" - which means "on health" in German. This mainly relates to the national drink vodka, which is traditionally drunk from a water glass in Russia at every opportunity. Immediately after swallowing, you have to bite into something salty or spicy or immediately start eating, during which the whole procedure has to be repeated. Enjoying the first glass of vodka is a significant and deeply intimate act for the Russians. Everyone does it in a special way, with their own gestures and words. If you are late for a treat, you will be "punished". You get a big glass full of vodka. The glass has no foot, so it cannot be put down and has to be drunk. Maybe that's why the Russians are often not so punctual?
An old Russian proverb says: Drinking without a toast is drinking addiction. There are numerous very long toasts, which are also artificially adapted or reformulated spontaneously for the occasion. This can be, for example, a wish for property, success or health, which is often preceded by a joke. Such a stylistically rounded toast is an art in itself: vodka is poison, poison is death, death is sleep, sleep is health. Let's drink to our health. A second: We wish all women that they are only surrounded by beautiful and exotic animals. That they have a jaguar in the garage, a tiger in bed, a sable around their shoulders and a donkey who can pay for it all. (Source: www.reiseabventure-gus.de/index.htm)
In other Slavic countries there are similar toasts, which are: na Sdrawe (Bulgaria), na Zdravlje (Croatia), na Zdrowie (Poland), na Zdravie (Slovakia), na Zdravje (Slovenia), na Zdraví (Czech Republic), na Zdorovya (Ukraine). See also under Customs in viticulture. intoxication. toasts. drinking culture and Quotes,