Interesting facts about gifts

The biggest gift of all time is the famous Statue of Liberty, presented by the French to New Yorkers in 1881.

In Persia, chess was an obligatory gift for a wedding.

In German, there is a word Drachenfutter, which literally translates as "dragon food". With this term, German husbands call a gift to their wife - a box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers - which they are forced to present, having done something wrong, for example, returning home late drunk.

In Catalonia, at Christmas, it is customary to give figurines of "seruns" (kaganers) - little people who celebrate great need.

Alexander Griboyedov was not only a poet, but also a diplomat. In 1829, while in Persia, along with the entire diplomatic mission, he died at the hands of religious fanatics. In order to at least partially make amends, the Persian delegation arrived in St. Petersburg with rich gifts, among which was the famous Shah diamond weighing 88.7 carats.

In Japan, only the stronger sex receive gifts on Valentine's Day.

In 1945, Soviet schoolchildren presented the American ambassador with a wooden panel made of precious woods depicting the coat of arms of the United States. Neither the schoolchildren nor the ambassador knew that a "bug" was mounted in the panel, the design of which was developed by Lev Termen. The listening device was hidden so well that the American special services did not notice anything, and the Soviet ones listened to the conversations in the ambassador's office for another 8 years.

Before the revolution, a special service, the cameral department of the Cabinet of His Imperial Majesty of the Ministry of the Imperial Court, was engaged in the accounting and storage of gifts presented to the reigning persons.

Famous for its beauty, the Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jehan as a posthumous gift to his beloved wife, who died giving birth to 14 children.

The most vile gift in history was the Trojan horse, which the Danes gave to the besieged Troy. The assault brigade took refuge in it, which opened the gates when the Trojans dragged the gift into the city.

According to legend, Louis XIV, nicknamed "the sun king, " gave his wife a sable mantle 1.5 kilometers long, so that the queen could get out of bed in the morning without chilling her regal legs and walk around the garden.

Boxing Day is celebrated in Great Britain and in a number of countries of the British Commonwealth of Nations: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, etc. annually on December 26.